Artists-In-Residence 2016

Cecilia Corrigan: Great Party, Isn't It, Mom?

Sat 08 Oct, 2016, 8pm

Free ($10 suggested donation)
ISSUE Project Room: 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Due to popular and terrifying demand, 2016 Artist-In-Residence Cecilia Corrigan returns to the ISSUE ballroom October 8th. This performance is a supernatural-thriller version of Corrigan's act at September 13th's sold out show Erased Architectures. Serving as Ms. Corrigan's yearly reminder of her eventual decay and death, aka her birthday, the evening anticipates the December premiere at ISSUE of Motherland, Corrigan's theatre and video-based narrative which explores the American electorate's psychotic mommy issues. The event includes the screening of video installments currently featured by BOMB Magazine.

As if that wasn't scary enough, the show also marks the 30 day countdown from our national reckoning, so come enjoy what may be one of our last nights of free expression and gay-ety before the hammer falls. In addition to Corrigan's political and spiritually devastated "comedy," the floorshow will feature (to be announced) special guests. After the show there will be conspicuous consumption, dancing and mingling with the stars, all of which adds up to a "great party."

Cecilia Corrigan, 2016 ISSUE Artist in Residence, is an acclaimed post-internet poet whose work has evolved off the page and into performance. Her live shows blend poetry, monologue, drag, and comedy. She has published three books: True Beige (Trafficker Press, 2012,) Titanic, (&NOW/Northwestern University Press 2013, Plonsker Prize Winner, Flavorwire’s Top 50 Poetry Books of the Decade), and Cream (2016, Capricious Press, illustrated by Jocelyn Spaar). She has performed sold out shows at establishments such as the Duplex, La Mama, Dixon Place, Swiss Institute, Artists Space, and The Kitchen. In 2015, she was one of the NYPAC’s commissioned artists, presenting three original performances that year. That year she starred with Hari Nef and Alex Karpovsky in a short film, Crush, which she also co-wrote and co-produced. Her work has been featured in such publications as Interview Magazine, BOMB, The Observer, and Artforum. Her fiction and criticism have been published in Flash Art International, n+1, The Awl, Adult Magazine, and Joyland, among others. Her project, Motherland, will have its live premiere at ISSUE in December, and will be released as serialized videos by BOMB over the course of this fall. More at

Photo: Peter Gannushkin

Established in 2006, ISSUE's annual Artist-in-Residence program provides emerging artists each with a year-long residency in 2016, offering access to rehearsal space and facilities, equipment, documentation, pr/marketing, curatorial and technical expertise to create new works, reach the next stage in their artistic development, and gain exposure to a broad public audience.

ISSUE's Artist-in-Residence program is made possible, in part, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and with the support of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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