Current Airspace Residents

2017-2018 Visual Arts AIRspace Residents

Cycle I | September 9, 2017 – December 30, 2017
Christopher Aque
Macon Reed
Patrice Renee Washington
Chris Watts

Cycle II | February 3, 2018 – May 27, 2018
Priyanka Dasgupta & Chad Marshall
Carl Hazlewood
Trokon Nagbe
Gabriela Salazar

Curatorial Residents | 2017-2018
Christian Camacho-Light
Alexis Wilkinson

Abrons’ 2017-2018 AIRspace Program awarded 8 Visual Arts & 2 Curatorial residencies. Residents are provided workspace, exhibition opportunities, monthly studio visits are arranged with critics, curators, artists and other art-workers, opportunities to participate in public programming, and teach school–based education programs.

Recipients were chosen by guest panelists Park McArthur, independent curator and artist, and Doreen Garner, faculty at Temple University and artist. Additional panelists included Abrons staff: Craig Peterson, Artistic Director; Carolyn Sickles, Director of Engagement and Visual Arts; and Chantara Ellis, Engagement Manager for Visual Arts. The application pool was extremely competitive and revealed a wealth of talented artists in need of vital workspace and support. Abrons staff and guest panelists were encouraged by the energy and breadth of ideas demonstrated within the applications and would like to express sincere gratitude to all artists and curators who applied.


Christopher Aque is a New York-based visual artist. His work address intimacy, desire, and sexuality in relation to surveillance, data collection, and other expressions of power. He received his BA from the University of Chicago in 2009, his MFA from Hunter College in 2016, and was a participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2012. His work has been included in exhibitions at SculptureCenter, New York; Laurel Gitlen, New York; Motel, Brooklyn, NY; and Regards, Chicago, among others. [website]

Macon Reed is an artist working in sculpture, installation, video, radio documentary, painting, and participatory projects. Her work has shown at venues including PULSE NYC Special Projects, BRIC Media Arts, ABC No Rio, The Kitchen, Wayfarer’s Gallery and Eyebeam in New York; Chicago Cultural Center, Mana Contemporary, Weinberg/Newton Gallery, Roots & Culture, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago; Art F City’s FAGallery in Miami, FL; The Museum of Human Achievement in Austin,TX; Salt Institute in Portland, ME; The Dah Theater Research Center in Belgrade, Serbia; ICA Baltimore, and Athens Museum of Queer Arts, Athens, Greece. Reed completed her MFA at the University of Illinois at Chicago as a University Fellow in 2013 and received her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2007. Additionally she studied Radio Documentary at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, Physical Theater at the Dah International School in Belgrade, and Art and Social Engagement at The Kitchen’s Sidney Kahn Summer Institute. Most recently Macon was an artist in residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and a Research Fellow at Eyebeam Center for Art+Technology. [website]

Patrice Renee Washington (b. Chicago, IL) lives and works in Queens, New York. She received her B.F.A from Metropolitan State University of Denver (2011), and M.F.A in Visual Arts from Columbia University (2014). Her recent exhibitions include We Buy Gold, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Sculpture Center, AA|LA, and MoCADA. She has completed residencies at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, Light- house Works (2017), The Museum of Arts and Design (2016), Anderson Ranch Arts Center (2015) and Vermont Studio Center (2014). [website]

Chris Watts is a New York based artist from North Carolina. In drawings, paintings, films and installations, Watts recasts images and scenes, often taken from film, music and found printed material. He seeks not to simply supplement a new narrative, but to create a project of disruption. He recently installed a solo exhibition, Blahk on Blahk on Blak at Gallery Twenty Two, Charlotte NC and has installed solo projects at Davidson College, Davidson, NC; Duke University, Durham, NC; and Artspace Center for the Arts, Raleigh, NC, amongst others. His group exhibitions include Do you see me?, Diggs Gallery at Winston Salem State University, Winston Salem, NC, (2016); Art + Dialogue: Responding to Racial Tension in America, Greensboro College, Greensboro, NC, (2015) and High Point University, High Point, NC, (2016); Realities in Contemporary Video Art, Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, Paris, France, (2015); So Much to She, Flanders Gallery, Aaron Fowler and Chris Watts, Raleigh, NC, (2015). Watts has participated as an Artist in Residence at the Lower Manhattan Culture Council Workspace Program, New York, NY (2016-2017); the Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL, (2014); and the McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC, (2010). Watts received training from the College of Arts and Architecture, University of North Carolina Charlotte and from the Yale University School of Art. [website]

Priyanka Dasgupta and Chad Marshall began collaborating officially in 2015. Both artists with an interdisciplinary and research-based practice, they work towards re-contextualizing desire and privilege in the United States, currently developing installations inspired by the lost histories of Bengali sailors who passed as Black in the early twentieth century. Dasgupta and Marshall’s installations span a range of media, incorporating sculpture, video, sound, photography and painting. Exhibitions of their collaborative work include In Practice: Another Echo at Sculpture Center, New York (2018), Loving Blackness and A More Perfect Union at the Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia (2017), Ornate Activate at the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, Milwaukee (2017) and Shirin Gallery, New York (2015). At this time, Dasgupta and Marshall are developing work for upcoming shows in 2018, including Sunroom Project Space at Wave Hill, New York. [] []

MacDowell Fellow Carl E. Hazlewood, born in Guyana, South America, is a visual artist, living in Brooklyn, NY. The co-founder of Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art in Newark, NJ, recently refocused on his own art after a life promoting other artists as curator, writer, and teacher. His many curatorial projects include those for the Studio Museum in Harlem, Artists Space, and Hallwalls, all in NY. His prize- winning show for the US section at the 1994 Cuenca Bienal, Ecuador, was on behalf of the USA and Aljira. Hazlewood’s latest awards include residencies at YADDO, Headlands, BRIC, Triangle Workshop, and as NEA Emerging Artist Fellow at Vermont Studio Center. He was The Milton and Sally Avery Fellow at OMI International Art Center. His art is in the collections of Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, Louisiana; Museu Brasileiro da Escultura, São Paulo – Brazil, and The National Collection of Fine Arts, Guyana, South America, among others. [website]

Born in Liberia, West Africa, Trokon Nagbe’s family immigrated to the United States in the 1980s. Trokon Nagbe received his MFA from the Savannah College of Arts in 2004 in the Film and fine arts program. Trokon has participated in-group exhibitions in Paris, France, New York City and Savannah Georgia. His work has been written about in Art in America, The New York Times, and in the Village Voice for his installation in the Studio Museum of Harlem “Flow” exhibition. [website]

Gabriela Salazar was born in New York City to architects from Puerto Rico. Her work examines the relationship of the built environment and material histories to our sense of self and place. Solo exhibitions include My Lands are Islands, NURTUREart, Brooklyn; In Advance of a Storm (for Luis and Antonia) (for A and L) (for parents) (for two), The Lighthouse Works’ Fellowship in Public Art; For Closure (Outdoors, the Bronx), Bronx River Art Center, and, most recently, Eye of Palm, Efrain Lopez Gallery, Chicago. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, hyperallergic, and The Brooklyn Rail. Salazar has been in residence or fellowship at Workspace, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, and Open Sessions at The Drawing Center, NYC. She holds an MFA from RISD, a BA from Yale University, and lives, works, and teaches in NYC. [website]

Christian Camacho-Light is a curator and writer based in New York. Recent exhibitions include Lourdes Correa-Carlo: Intended Trajectories, Knockdown Center, Queens, NY (2017); Stage 6: Lourdes Correa-Carlo, Down-Below, International Studio & Curatorial Program, Brooklyn, NY (2016); and Standard Forms, Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY (2016). They are currently a 2017-2018 AIRspace curator-in-residence at Abrons Arts Center, New York, NY. They hold an MA in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, and a BA in Art History from Vassar College. [website]

Alexis Wilkinson is a mover and a curator working across dance, performance, and visual art. Recent curatorial projects include A Collection of Slow Events at The Luminary, MO (2017), In Practice: Material Deviance at SculptureCenter, NY (2017), objects are slow events at the Hessel Museum, NY (2016), and Matter to Whom? at the Judd Foundation, NY (2015). Wilkinson is the Director of Exhibitions and Live Art at Knockdown Center in Queens, NY, where she programs and organizes interdisciplinary exhibitions, performances, and events. Previously, she was the 2017 Curatorial Fellow at SculptureCenter, New York, and has held research and administrative roles at the New Museum, New York and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Wilkinson holds an MA in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College and a BA in Art History, Cultural Studies, and Dance from the University of California, Los Angeles. [website]

2017-2018 AIRspace Grant for Performing Artists

Abrons Arts Center’s AIRspace Grant Program offers time-based residencies to five early-career performing artists working in movement-based, theater, and performance practices. The program provides 150 hours of rehearsal time in any of our four studios, the option to present works-in-progress throughout the duration of the residency period, and other professional development opportunities.

Brother(hood) Dance!
Leyya Mona Tawil
Oxana Chi
The Anthropologists
Johnnie Cruise Mercer

Brother(hood) Dance! is an interdisciplinary duo that seeks to inform its audiences on the socio-political and environmental injustices from a global perspective, bringing clarity to the same-gender-loving African-American experience in the 21st century. Brother(hood) Dance! was formed in April 2014 as a duo that research, create and perform dances of freedom by Orlando Zane Hunter, Jr. and Ricarrdo Valentine.

Lime Rickey International is the “alter ego” of Leyya Mona Tawil; an artist working with performance, voice and sound art practices. Leyya is Syrian, Palestinian, American; her articulation of Arab Experimentalism embeds political sub-narratives and cultural confusions into the performance fabric. Her work has toured 16 countries and throughout the states.

Oxana Chi is an Afro-German choreographer, dancer, filmmaker, curator and author. She created 18 productions, shown in the USA, Germany, France, Indonesia, Taiwan, India, Martinique, Turkey, Singapore and the UK. Oxana is featured in many publications and films, and has received various awards, including the DOSHIMA Ambassador of Peace 2016. [website]

The Anthropologists is dedicated to the collaborative creation of investigative theatre that inspires action. Rooted in research and community engagement and shaped by contemporary dance and physical theatre techniques, we’re committed to exploring current social topics from an anthropological perspective in order to break down and unleash cultural discoveries. Our work ranges from the urgent and uncomfortable to the whimsical and irreverent. We juxtapose language with movement and dance, and match challenging subject material with a deep sense of empathy and hope. Past provocations include: “is our storytelling inherently biased?” (NO MAN’S LAND, called “incisive, even necessary work for the present moment” – Culture Catch) and “who gets access to food?” (GIVE US BREAD, hailed by as “a thoroughly entertaining and thought provoking play mixing elements of dance and stylized movement to create a piece that is wholly within its own hybrid Anthropologists genre”).

Johnnie Cruise Mercer, the artistic director of Johnnie Cruise Mercer/TheREDprojectNYC, is a choreographer, educator, and freelance performer in the New York City area.  Mr Mercer has been in residence at Chez Bushwick Inc, DanceNow Silo Farms, 92Y Harkness Dance Center (2016-2017 AIR), NYU 2017 Summer Residency Program, and is currently both a 2017 BAX Fall Space Grant Recipient, and 2017-2018 CUNY Dance Initiative Artist in Residence. Mr. Mercer is a native of Richmond, Virginia and a BFA graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Dance and Choreography. [website]

2017-2018 AIRspace Dance Artists (Supported by The Jerome Foundation)

With support from The Jerome Foundation, Abrons AIRspace Dance program (by invitation only) supports up to three emerging dance artists in residence each year. Jerome AIRspace artists receive a commission for a new work to be presented onstage at Abrons as part of the performance season. The residency includes 400 hours of rehearsal space, a dedicated shared office space and considerable technical support and production consultation.

Niall Jones
Mariangela Lopez
Alex Romania

Niall Jones’ research slips between performance and visual art practices engaging disorientation, pleasure, and materiality as experiential frameworks for considering structures of time and exhaustion and impermanence. Niall works as Assistant Director and Creative Producer in the School of Dance at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Niall lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Mariangela Lopez is a Brooklyn-based choreographer and performer from Venezuela. Since 2001 her work has been presented in Mexico, Venezuela, France, Australia, and multiple venues in NYC.

At the crux of expansive task and deteriorating form, Alex Romania’s multidisciplinary work investigates bodies of cultural debris amidst the invisible everyday and toxic ingestions, consuming, purging, and breaking apart. Romania’s work delves into spaces of the unimaginable, staring into the unknown to consider one’s crude and splendid humanity. Based in NYC, Romania has presented work and taught throughout the U.S. and abroad – most recently at Huerto Roma Verde (MX City), Segundo Piso (Puebla, MX), Human Resources (LA), Encuentro (Lima, Peru), UV Estudios (Buenos Aires, Argentina), the Pillsbury House (Minneapolis), the Center for Performance Research (NYC), and el Museo del Arte Contemporáneo (Lima). As a performer, Romania has performed in works by Kathy Westwater, Catherine Galasso, Andy de Groat, Eddie Peake, Simone Forti, and Steve Paxton. Romania is pleased to be in residence at Abrons Arts Center presenting a new work, KLUTZ. [website]

2017-18 AIRspace Digital Artist in Residence 

In 2017 Abrons launched a digital artist in residence program to support one artist/company with long-term studio space. Artists working in sound and video design have ongoing access to music practice rooms, select access to rehearsal studios and opportunities for gallery exhibitions as well as production and administrative support.

Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble (Tei Blow and Sean McElroy)

Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble (Tei Blow and Sean McElroy) [ROKE] is a musical priesthood that explores the metaphysics and mythologies of love, desire, and courtship at the end of the 20th century. By appropriating strategies of installation art, opera, and theater, ROKE uses multimedia, movement, and original music to create modern-day rituals from found text and video sources.