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FLY | DROWN is a month-long installation taking place at the Detroit Artists Market which includes a series of performances, workshops and salon talks conceptualized by dance artist Jennifer Harge and curator Taylor Aldridge. The interdisciplinary exhibition will run from September 13th – October 19th, 2019. Fly | Drown platforms the ways in which Black domestic spaces have provided sites for Black womxn to exercise acts of pleasure and self-sovereignty. The exhibition will simulate Harge’s grandparents home in Highland Park, MI where they landed after traveling north during the Great Migration. Fly | Drown uses Black migration routes as a point of departure to invoke lineages belonging to Black domestic spaces in the Midwest and gestures toward practices that honor and queer ancestral legacies.

The project is generously funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Material Detroit, ARTXDetroit, Queer | Art, and Dance/USA. Fellowships to Artists which is made possible with generous funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

EVENT SCHEDULE (All events free and open to the public)

Performances (featuring Jennifer Harge)

Friday, September 13, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.—RSVP HERE

Friday, September 20, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.—RSVP HERE

Friday, October 4, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.—RSVP HERE

Friday, October 11, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.—RSVP HERE

Friday, October 18, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.—RSVP HERE

Meals and Salon Talks

Saturday, September 14, 2 -5 p.m., Professor Crystal Michelle Perkins—RSVP HERE

Saturday, September 21, 2 – 5 p.m., Taylor Aldridge and Jennifer Harge—RSVP HERE

Saturday, October 5, 2 – 5 p.m., Marsha Music—RSVP HERE

Saturday, October 12, 2 – 5 p.m., Bree Gant—RSVP HERE

Saturday, October 19, 2 – 4 p.m., Alexis Pauline Gumbs—RSVP HERE


Tuesday, October 1, 6 – 7:30 p.m.—“Choreographing Black Space,” led by The Gathering Detroit—RSVP HERE

Tuesday, October 8, 6 – 7:30 p.m.—“Otherlogue” led by Bree Gant—RSVP HERE

Tuesday, October 15, 4 – 5:30 p.m.—“Mundane Sonics” with Sterling Toles—RSVP HERE