madison moore: there’s always room for dancing: Performance Lecture, as part of Nightlife-in-Residence, March 3, 2022. Performance view, The Kitchen. Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk.

madison moore


On View: January 18-March 6, 2022

512 West 19th Street

By way of their Nightlife-in-Residence, madison moore’s residency invites audiences to enter the imagination of a collectively crafted rave environment layered with video projections, fog, club lighting, DJ sets, and lectures that explore the significance of queer of color worldmaking, and the impetus to dance as a radical act of somatic pedagogy.

Blurring the boundary between private and public space, there will be conversations and listening sessions with moore's extended nightlife community about the cultural, social, and political significance of the dance floor as a multivalent site. Each Saturday Session, a new DJ that moore has invited will engage histories old and new via Barnette’s bar as a queered architectural and conceptual framework, and on the dancefloor. moore's hope is to get everyone dancing, paying homage to the groundbreaking contributions of queer nightlife to performance practice. A study published in 2019 by professor of sociology Greggor Mattson cites a continued decline of LGBTQ+ bars across the United States between 2007 and 2019, with a disparate impact on those serving female-identified people and people of color. Presented for the first time in New York City on the heels of the fiftieth anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall uprising, Sadie Barnette’s on view The New Eagle Creek Saloon celebrates the history of queer Black space and resurrects its presence in a location in the city (Chelsea) where this legacy has been so instrumental to avant-garde art and performance.

Barnette and moore’s visions come into lyrical and urgent intersection across the installation (January 18–March 6), kicking off with a DJ set by Shaun J. Wright on January 22, Nita Aviance, Kevin Aviance, Will Automagic, Analog Soul, and Xander on February 5, Juana on February 19, and TYGAPAW on March 5, who will activate the space across four distinct Saturday Session. These Saturday Sessions will take place within Barnette's installation as sonic activations to bring life, energy, and joy into the space as the original iteration of the bar once did for San Francisco's community.

Hourly tickets will be available for each Saturday Session throughout moore's residency. Tickets for each subsequent Saturday Sessions will go on sale the Monday following the previous Session: January 25 for February 5; February 7 for February 19; and February 21 for March 5.

As part of their residency, moore will also host two additional programs within Barnette's installation: Critical Karaoke (February 24) and there’s always energy for dancing: Performance Lecture (March 3). For more information and tickets for these programs, please visit our event pages here and here.

Sadie Barnette: The New Eagle Creek Saloon and madison moore: Nightlife-in-Residence are organized by Legacy Russell, Executive Director & Chief Curator, The Kitchen.


Nita Aviance is a noted member of the legendary House of Aviance and brought a much needed new energy to New York’s sound when she started DJing in the early 2000s and while as a resident of Mr. Black & Westgay, both truly notorious in New York’s club history. SCurrently she can be heard as one half of The Carry Nation at their monthly residency at Good Room, Battle Hymn, and many touring dates around the globe.

Juana is a DJ and producer hailing from the city of Chicago. She started out, like most, as a random kid on the dance floor every week at places like The Generator and Boom Boom Room, and has been DJing house, techno, and disco parties since roughly 2001. Juana moved to Washington, DC, in 2003 and began hosting weekly live internet radio shows on HandzOnRadio (Baltimore) and Cyberjamz (Tampa) and playing parties in the DC deep house scene, upping her skills alongside legendary DJs like Sam “the Man” Burns,” and at clubs including Red and the DC Sanctuary. Juana started obsessively collecting disco and early house records in the late ’90s and eventually developed an undying penchant for straight-ahead techno and darker shades of Chicago underground acid and deep house of the ’80s and ’90s. Over the past several years, Juana has made her mark in DC as primarily a techno DJ, becoming a weekend fixture at local venues like Flash and U Street Music Hall and as a member of the founding squad of the Sequence collective, led by Ron Jackson. Sequence was the first underground party committed to consistently showcasing local and global techno DJs and crafting a dark, dangerous, sometimes hellishly uncomfortable party vibe hitherto unavailable in the DC area. Juana has enticed crowds all over the world at venues such as Berghain’s Saule, Flash, WAS, De School, and numerous underground warehouses. Over the past several years, Juana has played alongside DJs such as DVS1, Perc, Headless Horseman, I Hate Models, and DJ Stingray. Juana joined the Discwoman roster in 2017 and is a founding member of the DC QT BIPOC collective NOXEEMA JACKSON. As a producer, her first release “Discipline Issues” was released as part of a compilation on Katie Rex’s Bound label, and her first independent EP Floating landed in 2020. Her EP Peaks was released in July 2021, and she also appeared on the TRAX ONLY Soft Touch compilation in spring of 2021.

madison moore, Ph.D. (American Studies, Yale), is an artist-scholar, DJ, and assistant professor of Queer Studies in the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. They are broadly invested in the aesthetic, sonic, and spatial strategies queer and trans people of color use to both survive and thrive in the face of rolling catastrophe. His first book, Fabulous: The Rise of the Beautiful Eccentric (Yale University Press, 2018), offers a cultural analysis of fabulousness as a practice of resistance. Other articles have been published in venues including The Atlantic, Theater, and the Journal of Popular Music Studies. madison has performed internationally at a range of nightclubs, parties, and art institutions, including the Perth Festival, Performance Space Sydney, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, American Realness, Tate Britain, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. madison is writing a book titled Dance Mania: A Manifesto for Queer Nightlife. In summer 2022, madison will be an artist-in-residence at the Santa Fe Art Institute.

Shaun J. Wright was bBorn and raised in West suburban Chicagoland, and Shaun J. Wright spent most of his teen years immersed in the sounds of house music. His love for dance music expanded throughout his high school years as he partook in the underground dance scene now globally known as Juke. While in undergrad at Morehouse College in Atlanta, he developed his skills as a dancer/voguer in professional dance companies and the ballroom scene. After acquiring an MA in Fashion Curation, from the London College of Fashion, Wright enjoyed an active career in fashion in New York City. That is where he met Andrew Butler, founder of Hercules and Love Affair, and began a whirlwind collaboration with the ensemble as a vocalist. Currently, Wright is exhilarating dance floors worldwide as a DJdj and is featured on several acclaimed releases with Stereogamous, Bell Boys, Bobmo, Kiki, Alinka, and System of Survival with more stellar collaborations on the horizon for 2016. He is also finishing his long-awaited solo EP.

TYGAPAW, originally from Mandeville, Jamaica, and based in Brooklyn, New York, is a polymathic artist injecting their Jamaican heritage into techno. Operating at the intersections of their musical and cultural roots, TYGAPAW infuses the raw energy of dancehall with their signature emotional club sound. The self-taught producer founded monthly club nights Shottas, No Badmind, and Fake Accent, creating platforms and spaces for QTIPOC. Fake Accent also functions as TYGAPAW's own imprint, which aims to platform and center Black electronic music artists.


madison moore: Nightlife-in-Residence is made possible with generous support from Bernard I. Lumpkin & Carmine D. Boccuzzi and Agnes Gund; annual grants from Open Society Foundations, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Keith Haring 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 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: Photo courtesy of the artist.

Image description: The image shows madison performing in a black box theater with a hot pink slide showing behind. madison stands at a mixer desk with wires and cables, two CDJs, a mixer, a laptop, and power strips. madison wears a “Janet Jackson” microphone.