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As a native Texan, I have witnessed firsthand the discrimination that immigrants face in the United States. I have heard from friends who visited detention centers, and from lawyers representing those detained. I have heard the stories of those who are separated from their families, and read transcripts from underfunded courtrooms operating far beyond capacity. It is devastating. That all of this occurs in the name of “security” and “safety” is the greatest farce of all. Molly Gochman

DO YOU KNOW WHERE THE CHILDREN ARE (DYKWTCA) is a call to action and exhibition of over 100 unique works of art by 100+ leading visual artists that is organized by the artists and activists Mary Ellen Carroll and Lucas Michael. Each work incorporates, or represents an actual account (in whole or in part) from a child who was separated from their family and detained by the U.S. government. This text may be in the native language of the child or a translation into English. The accounts are taken from the interviews that were conducted by the Flores investigators that included legal, medical and mental health experts who visited the detention facilities six months ago in June of 2019. Upon witnessing the deplorable, inhumane, and illegal conditions they found the children in, they decided it was necessary to act upon their findings. They went public.*

The exhibition—WHEN WE FIRST ARRIVED…,curated by Ruth Noack—will open this weekend in Washington, D.C., and proceeds from artwork sales will benefit and support the Safe Passage Project, Terra Firma, Team Brownsville, and the Innovation Law Lab.


Through March 29.

Opening night: Saturday, January 25, from 6 pm to 8 pm.

The Corner at Whitman-Walker

1701 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C.

When We First Arrived…, artwork, from top: Spencer Ostrander, Ricci Albenda, Mary Lum, Molly Gochman, Rob Pruitt, Terence Gower, Jesse Presley Jones, When We First Arrived invitation card, Amy Sillman, Beto De Volder and Leon Villagran, Kay Rosen, and Carlos Motta. Artwork courtesy and © the artists, the photographers, DYKWTCA, Mary Ellen Carroll, and Lucas Michael.


The second weekend of one-of-a-kind disruptions, investigations, and interventions that make up Redcat’s NEW ORIGINAL WORKS FESTIVAL 2019 includes performances by Kate Watson-Wallace, Hprizm, Verónica Casado Hernández , Alexandro Segade, Amy Ruhl, and Paul Outlaw—who was recently seen stealing the show in Boston Court’s transgressive production of A Streetcar Named Desire.

See link below for full program.


Thursday through Saturday, August 1, 2, and 3.

All shows at 8:30 pm.


631 West 2nd Street, downtown Los Angeles.

From top: Paul Outlaw, BBC (Big Black Cockroach); Alexandro Segade and Amy RuhlPopular Revolt (2); Kate Watson-Wallace, Hprizm, and Verónica Casado Hernándezkim (2). Photographs by Vanessa Crocini. Images courtesy and © the performers, the photographers, and Redcat.


Malik Gaines and Alexandro Segade —founding members of the performance collective My Barbarian—”work at the intersection of theater, visual arts, critical practice, and performance to play with social difficulties, theatricalize historic problems, and imagine ways of being together. Realized as drawings, texts, masks, videos, music, installations, and audience interactions, their projects employ fantasy, humor, and clashing aesthetic sensibilities to cleverly critique artistic, political, and social situations.”*

Gaines and Segade present STAR CHOIR, a new work developed while serving as Park Avenue Armory artists-in-residence. The 45-minute musical performance “tracks a group of humans who attempt to colonize a hostile planet after the Earth’s decline. Following some wonder and violence, a hybrid species is formed.” STAR CHOIR is performed by six singers and six musicians—Hai-Ting Chinn, Tomas Cruz, Tomas Fujiwara, Ariadne Greif, La Toya Lewis, Anthony McGlaun, Ethan Philbrick, Riza Printup, RaShonda Reeves, Kyra Sims, Luke Stewart, and Jorell Williams.*


Thursday, May 23, at 7 pm and 9 pm.

Park Avenue Armory

643 Park Avenue (at 66th Street), New York City.

See “Questions of Representation: Malik Gaines in conversation with Barlo Perry, PARIS LA 16 (2018), 178–181.

Malik Gaines and Alexandro Segade, Star Choir in performance at the Levitt Pavilion on the opening night of Radio Imagination: Artists in the Archive of Octavia E. Butler at the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, with video and sheet music from the exhibition. Images courtesy and the artists.


Join artists and performers Laura OwensRon Athey, My Barbarian (Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon and Alexandro Segade), Piero Golia, D’ette Nogle, Nora Berman, Sam Durant, Young Joon KwakZackary Drucker, Kibum Kim, Eve Fowler, Mara McCarthy, Jackie Tarquinio, and many more at the HUMAN RESOURCES BENEFIT AND AUCTION this weekend at Ghebaly Gallery.


HUMAN RESOURCES BENEFIT AND AUCTION, Sunday, November 12, from 5 pm to 8 pm.

GHEBALY GALLERY, 2245 East Washington Boulevard, downtown Los Angeles.


Ron Athey.




“Years ago, in an interview, my collaborator and longtime lover Alexandro Segade described the work of our performance group, My Barbarian—which is made up of us and Jade Gordon, our collaborator, whom we love—as that of ‘dedicated amateurs.’ But that was a slip, I think, or he was just trying something out. An amateur move? We’ve had some difficulty with a set of terms that developed around the time our work began to circulate, in the 2000s…

“There has always been a calculated provisional quality to our work, which has as much to do with strategies for dispelling the illusionist illusions of theater and critiquing the mythic masteries of visual art as it does with understanding our positions within these fields… Much of our work has pointed to class status and enacted class anxieties, and the position of the artist has sometimes appeared to us as an amateur elite class, given the provisional access one has to travel, to refined locations, to food, high-end discourse, and actual wealthy people. But as performers we find our publics to be rather broad, and these may include children, nurses, criminals, schoolteachers, assistant curators, and the homeless.

“Our intentional dismantling of hierarchical orders—even in the very act of collaboration, which diminishes genius status—may sometimes read as a kind of amateurism.” — Malik Gaines*

The publication of BLACK PERFORMANCE ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE LEFT—the new book by writer, performance artist, and assistant professor Malik Gaines—will be celebrated at Ooga Booga this week.


Thursday, November 2, from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Ooga Booga, 943 North Broadway, #203, Chinatown, Los Angeles.


See Malik Gaines, “We Are Orlando,” Bomb, June 28, 2016.

See Jesi Khadivi, “Inspirational Critique” (Gaines–Segade interview), The Fanzine, February 15, 2010.

Top: Malik Gaines. Image courtesy Gaines and NYU.

Above image credit: New York University Press.

Below: My Barbarian (Alexandro Segade, Gaines, and Jade Gordon), The Mother and Other Plays, adapted from Brecht, 2014, New York City. Photograph © Ian Douglas.