MHYSA Performance Evening

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Archived Event

No Longer Showing.

May 14, 7pm
512 West 19th Street
Tickets: sliding scale: $5-15

The performance evening will include ASL interpretation.

Rehearsed in residency during the exhibition E. Jane: Where's there's love overflowing, The Kitchen presents a culminating performance by MHYSA, Jane's underground pop diva persona. MHYSA will premiere new arrangements of her electronic compositions, performing with a band for the first time. Through this labor and transformation, MHYSA speaks to the lineage of divas singing "Home" from The Wiz, as she develops her own version of the historically Black standard. The empty stage within the exhibition will be activated to elevate the diva figure of MHYSA. Artists and performers RaFia and PrieSTusSSY open. Musical Direction by Kyron EL

From May 10–May 13, audiences are invited to eavesdrop on rehearsals from the lobby from 2-6pm. During this week, regular exhibition hours will be more limited. For more information, visit here


Since 2015, E. Jane has been developing the performance persona MHYSA, an underground popstar for the cyber resistance. MHYSA operates in Jane’s Lavendra/Recovery (2015-)--an iterative multimedia installation--and out in the world. Jane considers this project a total work of art--or Gesamtkunstwerk--that honors and examines the life of the Black diva and of Black femmes in popular culture. In 2018, MHYSA followed her critically acclaimed debut, fantasii, with a live EU/US tour. Highlight performances include the ICA and Cafe OTO in London and Rewire in The Hague. Her second album NEVAEH came out in February 2020 on Hyperdub records in London.

Kyron EL is a Trinidadian native, who was raised in New York City. He has been singing since the age of 3 and his voice has always inspired the people around him. He started his career as a supporting vocalist for many of New York's favorite local artists and began touring Europe with 2 world renowned Gospel groups. Since then Kyron has taken social media by storm, accumulating an astonishing 35 million views. He's now taken his music career to new heights singing for artists like Jack Harlo, Adam Levine, Giveon, H.E.R, Ed Sheeran and starring in the HBO series "Random Acts of Flyness" which features Solange. He's releasing new music and content on his social media platforms all of 2022. 

RaFia is a Black genderqueer and neurodivergent multidisciplinary artist. RaFia was raised in an artist family and provided with the tools to express themself through creation. They studied classical piano for 12 years and "quit" at 17 to focus on their mental health, visual art, and psychology studies. A self-taught singer, RaFia discovered the wellness benefit of respiratory kinematics through vocalization. RaFia’s music emulates breathing and rumination as they use it to soothe the stress of existing in an antiblack, ableist world. Their echolalia turns to chants, choruses, and background vocals. RaFia seeks to provide themself with excitement, serenity, and relief.

Under the moniker of PrieSTusSSY, artist & medicine person Star Feliz writes of earth & galactic storylines through intimate narratives of transformation. Their debut experimental album cantos de àjẹ́ was created using analog synthesizers and digital editing during bedroom sessions. cantos de àjẹ́ keeps Taino and Yoruba creation stories alive with visceral tones that transmit visions of caves, wombs, serpents, vultures, elemental spirits, and dark matter. Their upcoming album Ibid imagines ‘sounds of devotion for the end of our world as we know it’ with a high fantasy blend of doom metal and gregorian chanting.

E. Jane: Where there's love overflowing is made possible with generous support from Agnes Gund and Olivier Berggruen & Desiree Welsing; annual grants from Open Society Foundations, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, Marta Heflin Foundation, and Cowles Charitable Trust; and in part by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

The performance evening is made possible with endowment support from Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust; annual grants from The Amphion Foundation, Inc., The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Howard Gilman Foundation, Marta Heflin Foundation, and The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation; and in part by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.
Season programming is made possible in part with support from The Kitchen’s Board of Directors and The Kitchen Leadership Fund. To learn more, click here

Image: Poster for the May 14 performance designed by L. Glass (@drmcrshr).

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