Shug Avery’s Kiss
On Love: Tiona Nekkia McClodden with Chloë Bass
Thursday, March 22 6-8pm
These conversations which will pair Tiona Nekkia McClodden within the physical space of Shug Avery’s Kiss at a single table, with a woman in her life to talk intimately and freely about a theme or topic related to Shug Avery who McClodden considered her first view of a “ uncompromising woman committed to a full self inclusive of all the various identities she possesses….” Through these conversations it is McClodden’s hope to explore the various aspects of herself through dialogue with the women who mirror these particular themes that will be exploring..
There will be no Q+A and no audience participation during these conversations. There will be music and drinks before and after the conversation for folks to engage with each other until we close. BYOB.
For this first conversation McClodden will engage in a one on one conversation with artist Chloë Bass on the topic of love as it relates to the following three prompts.
She say, I love you, Miss Celie. And then she haul off and kiss me on the mouth.
Um, she say, like she surprise. I kiss her back, say, um, too. Us kiss and kiss till us can’t hardly kiss no more. Then us touch each other.
I don’t know nothing bout it, I say to Shug.
I don’t know much, she say.
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker
"Love is big. Love can hold anger, love can even hold hatred. I mean, you know, it's all— it's all love. It's about the intention of what you want it to do. It's about what you're trying to give. And often when you're trying to give something, you know, it has a lot of pain in it. But the pain too is a part of the love….Actually some pain is so severe that there’s nothing else you can do. I mean forgiveness is the only remedy."
-An Interview with Alice Walker by Esther Iverem
Love is abundant, and every relationship is unique
Love and respect instead of entitlement
Find your core set of relationship values
Heterosexism is rampant and out there, but don’t let fear lead you
Build for the lovely unexpected
Fake it til’ you make it
Trust is better
Change through communication
Customize your commitments
-The short instructional manifesto for relationship anarchy byAndie Nordgren
About the guest;
Chloë Bass is a multiform conceptual artist working in performance, situation, conversation, publication, and installation. Her work uses daily life as a site of deep research to address scales of intimacy: where patterns hold and break as group sizes expand. She began her work with a focus on the individual (The Bureau of Self-Recognition, 2011 - 2013), has recently concluded a study of pairs (The Book of Everyday Instruction, 2015 - 2017), and will continue to scale up gradually until she’s working at the scale of the metropolis. Chloë has held numerous fellowships and residencies; 2017’s included Triangle Art Association, the Center for Book Arts, and Antenna’s Spillways Fellowship. Her projects have appeared nationally and internationally, including recent exhibits at the Kitchen, the Brooklyn Museum, CUE Art Foundation, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space, The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, the James Gallery, and elsewhere. Her forthcoming book will be published by the Operating System in May 2018. Writing has also appeared on Hyperallergic, Arts.Black, and the Walker Reader among others. She is an Assistant Professor of Art at Queens College, CUNY.