EJECTION DAY 2020
Super Tuesday, November 3, 2020
12pm – 2pm EDT
Upper West Side, Manhattan
This event is free and open to the public.
Social distancing expected and implored.
ABSCONDED is a work that honors the life and legacy of Ona Maria Judge Staines through the creation of a living monument that moves through the streets of New York City. Ona Judge was born into slavery before the American Revolution. She was a seamstress and Martha Washington’s body servant and “pet.” During Washington’s second term, on May 21, 1796 at age 22, Judge quietly absconded from Philadelphia on a ship to New Hampshire as the Washington’s ate dinner. With the help of Free Black and abolitionist communities, she evaded capture for the rest of her life.
In the work, DRAGONFLY (Robin LaVerne Wilson / Miss Justice Jester) embodies Judge in moving-monumental form as she walks the streets, interacting with historical figures and markers, as well as unscripted elements encountered in the procession. The work is a meditation on the perpetual state of fugitivity as freedom for the marooned members of the African Diaspora, offering a voice from the past to unbuild the mythologies surrounding the United States’ celebrated tyrants.
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|Seneca Village in Central Park
|The Teddy Roosevelt Statue at the Museum of Natural History
|Frederick Douglass Statue at the New York Historical Society
|Columbus Avenue Promenade
|Columbus Avenue & Broadway intersection
|San Juan Hill — Lincoln Center
|Columbus Circle & Trump International Hotel
Brooklyn Rail [#EjectionDay2020]
Included are music selections featured in the sonic score for #EjectionDay2020.
This performance was supported by the generous donations of time and labor from the collaborative team; an extended artist residency with Grace Exhibition Space; the promotion, documentation, livestream and archival support of Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics; and self-funding from the remains of the artist’s $1200 federal economic stimulus check.
Amanda Sommer Lotspike
Ebony Noelle Golden
Erica Armstrong Dunbar
Noelle Lorraine Williams
Stacy Lynn Smith
Willie the Genius