Sounding Board

Jackie Robinson Park Bandshell (Harlem) Bradhurst Ave and 148th Street, New York, NY 10039

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Oct 22, 10:00 pm—11:00 pm

Oct 23, 10:00 pm—11:00 pm

Oct 24, 10:00 pm—11:00 pm

RSVP full. Standing room only, on a first come first serve basis.

LIVE STREAM: October 23, click Watch Live, top right corner

Known for her critically acclaimed paintings, Tschabalala Self will present her first live performance in the form of brief scenes from a play that she has written and directed. Taking place on a stage designed by the artist as a sculpture that closely resembles her collage-paintings, a male and female actor will perform scenes of dialogue using humor and exaggerated sincerity in a conversation that ranges from literal to nonsensical, to explore emotional communication, gender roles and power play within intimate relationships. A Boney M cover band will perform some of their greatest hits to emphasize moments of the staged drama, akin to a chorus in a Greek play. The sculpture-esque stage—set in the amphitheater bandstand of Jackie Robinson Park in Central Harlem––will be designed and painted by Self, using the brightly colored geometry of her paintings. In collaboration with UGG, as a prelude to the launch of her capsule collection with them in 2022, Self will design costumes and footwear for the performers, who appear to step out of her paintings onto the stage, bringing the domestic scenes she depicts in her canvases to life.

Curated by Kathy Noble, Senior Curator & Head of Curatorial Affairs

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Installation view of Tschabalala Self: Cotton Mouth, Eva Presenhuber, New York, 2020. Courtesy of the Artist and Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich / New York.

Matt Grubb


Tschabalala Self: Sounding Board is supported by Toby Devan Lewis, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and presented in partnership with UGG®.


Hunter Bryant, Alexis Cofield, Cj Hart, and Imani Love


Mary Akpa, Ahmad Johnson, Alexis Lombre, Mathis Picard, Vuyolwethu Sotashe, and April May Webb


Writer & Director: Tschabalala Self

Assistant Director: Kathy Noble and Orlando Estrada

Casting Director: Tschabalala Self

Casting Co-ordinator: Nectar Knuckles

Music Director: Vuyolwethu Sotashe

Furniture Prop Fabricator: Paul Johnson

Stage Prop Fabricator: Hudson Scenic Studio

Stage Manager: Isaac Tamburino

Set Fabrication: Hudson Scenic Studio

Technical Producer/Sound Designer: Garth MacAleavey

Lighting Designer: Andrew Giugno

Costume Designer: Tschabalala Self

Costume Fabricator: Greg Lagola and Raylene Marasco

Oil Projectionist: Marco Ferrero

Audio Technician: Sharif

Technical Production: Crossfire

Graphic Designer: Furqan Jawed

Security: Andy Dwyer Associates

NYC Parks, UGG, Eva Presenhuber Gallery, Pilar Corrias Gallery, Jana La Sorte, and Taner Gadime

Senior Curator & Head of Curatorial Affairs: Kathy Noble
Senior Producer & Manager of Media Initiatives: Sasha Okshteyn
Performa 2021 Biennial Fellow: Joyce Chung
Performa 2021 Biennial Fellow: Nectar Knuckles
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Photo by Josefina Santos

ABOUT Tschabalala Self

Self (b.1990, New York, lives and works in Harlem and New Haven) received her BA from Bard College in 2012 and her MFA from the Yale School of Art in 2015. Recent solo exhibitions include ICA Boston, 2020, Baltimore Museum of Art, 2020, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, 2019, Yuz Museum, Shanghai, 2018, and Tramway, Glasgow, 2017 and a residency at the Studio Museum in 2018-2019.