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Night and Day
Rashayla Marie Brown

Mar 15, 2019

On this page: Overview About the Artist


Night and Day traces a narrative of art history brushing against popular culture in moments that never equate Black women as geniuses on par with White men—unless they are performers. Using the format of “Voice of God” announcer presentation often used in red carpet settings as well as Billie Holiday’s rendition of “Night and Day,” the performance will respond to the real-life events of artist Amanda Williams when she appeared on the reality TV show, Work of Art. 

This work is part of a series of live events, performances, and workshops organized by Amanda Williams, Andres Hernandez, and Shani Crowe, inspired by the themes of Thrival Geographies (In My Mind I See A Line).

About the Artist

Artist-scholar Rashayla Marie Brown manages an “undisciplinary” studio practice through photography, performance, writing, installation, and video. A lifelong nomad who moved 24 times, she began her practice as a poet in London. An Artadia and Franklin Furnace grantee, RMB has presented work internationally at Tate Modern, London; Krabbesholm Højskole, Copenhagen; Turbine Hall, Johannesburg; and in commissions at Bemis Contemporary, Omaha; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco; Rhodes College, Memphis; among others. She holds degrees from Northwestern University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Yale University.

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