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Theater of the Resist


Selected highlights from Theater of the Resist performance series

MetLiveArts in collaboration with media and culture writer Kali Holloway presents an eight-week summer series of edgy, timely, and pointedly political performances and films on the Fifth Floor of The Met Breuer. Theater of the Resist takes its name from art making—a technique where the artist uses opposing material to "resist" the medium and thus generating negative space in which to create. This series is presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Body Politic: Video from The Met Collection, on view at The Met Breuer, June 20–September 3, 2017. It will highlight dance, spoken word, music, and film from communities that are outside the hegemony. Hosts include: political journalist and musician Kali Holloway, WQXR host Terrance McKnight, and musician and NYPR host/podcaster Helga Davis.

All times: 6–8 pm at The Met Breuer, Floor 5
Performances are free with Museum admission
Advanced registration recommended

Friday, June 23
"The Joke is Mightier than the Sword"
Bassem Youssef
Political comedian, writer, producer, physician,
media critic, and television host

Saturday, June 24
Gerry Eastman
Composer, guitarist

Movement + Dialogue + Empathy + Activism

Friday, June 30
Emtithal Mahmoud
International spoken word artist

Shilpa Ray
Wailing, fire breathing Cyclops

Kim David Smith
Cabaret artist

Saturday, July 1
Mazz Swift, improvisational violinist, and musician Therese Workman

Mega Bog
Experimental melodic jazz-pop

Kyp Malone
Multi-instrumentalist and member of the band TV on the Radio

Friday, July 7
The Mighty Third Rail
Hip-Hop poetry trio

Davalois Fearon Dance
Dance company

Zebra Katz, aka Ojay Morgan

Saturday, July 8
Davalois Fearon Dance
Dance company

Tongues in Trees
Indie dream pop and Indian rhythms

Friday, July 14
Lord of Beef (aka Ieva Misevičiūtė) with Rabid Lords Gang
(Ariel S Rawls, Lucia Love Mooney, Jennie Portney, Jillian McManemin, Jessica Gallucci, Nurya Chana)

Vinie Burrows

Faustin Linyekula

Helga Davis

Saturday, July 15
Whose Streets? (2017)
Sabaah Folayan: writer/director, and producer
Film screening and Q&A

Friday, July 21
PUBLIQuartet with Helga Davis
String quartet

American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME)

Saturday, July 22
100 Days: A Lens on Resistance (2017)
Field of Vision shorts followed by Q&A moderated by Laura Poitras and Charlotte Cook

Friday, July 28
Davóne Tines, opera singer
Vocal explorations of truths. Prayer

Sidra Bell Dance New York
Prolific movement illustrators

Heems, rapper

Saturday, July 29
For Living Lovers with Brandon Ross, and Stomu Takeishi, musicians, and poet Sadiq Bey

Sidra Bell Dance New York
Prolific movement illustrators

M. Lamar, performer

Friday, August 4
Nicole Fleetwood, Associate Professor Department of American Studies, Rutgers University moderates discussion between Lifers Group members Maxwell Melvins, president, and rapper Picard "Original" Galette

Saturday, August 5
Singer-songwriter, playwright

Gina Yashere
British comedian

Friday, August 11
Film: Strong Island (2017)
Followed by Q&A with filmmaker Yance Ford

Saturday, August 12
Maria Usbeck
Ecuadorian musician, traveler and diarist

Easy Lover

DJ Mojo: Music is Life, directed by Lawrence Kim
(2017 documentary short, 5 mins.)

Live set by DJ Mojo

Program and artists are subject to change.

This program is offered Free with Museum Admission, thanks to Janet and Howard Kagan and The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc.

The series is made possible by Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky.


Above: Steve McQueen (British, born 1969). Five Easy Pieces, 1995. Single channel digital video, transferred from 16mm film, black-and-white, silent, 7 min., 4 sec. Jointly owned by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, purchased with the Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 2016, and the Art Gallery of Ontario, purchased with the assistance of Peter Ross and the David Yuile and Mary Elizabeth Hodgson Fund, 2016 (2016.447). © Steve McQueen. All rights reserved. Image courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery