January 5-12, 2017
American Realness calls attention to new artistic production from socially and aesthetically marginal and subversive artists tearing at the boundaries of form and wrestling with the realities of identity. Through visual, visceral, and text-based explorations of perception, sensation, form and attention, the artists of American Realness propose ruptures in the fabric of contemporary thought. Exploring fugitivity, empathy, incscripture, erasure, the labor of being the other, the breakdown of white-supremacist hierarchies, the thumping bass of pop-culture, and the economy of performance, American Realness celebrates the artistic practice and value of the other in an American-focused, globally minded context.
Purchase a festival pass to see six productions at Abrons Arts Center for $100.