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If Justice Was a Woman in the Guardian

The If Justice Was a Woman project receives press: Revolution on trial: looking back at New Haven’s Black Panthers at 50, in The Guardian here. Artspace Returns to the Revolution, in The New Haven Independent here.

If Justice Was a Woman opens in New Haven

The If Justice Was a Woman project premiers as part of the exhibition at Artspace New Haven entitled Revolution on Trial. The exhibition “recognizes the 50th anniversary, local histories and lasting legacies of the trial of Black Panther Party chairman, Bobby Seale, New Haven chapter founder, Ericka Huggins, and seven other party members. Upon reflecting […]

Mirror/Echo/Tilt Featured in NYT

Mirror/Echo/Tilt featured in NYT here.

Crean, Leonardo, Smith speak at The New Museum

Melanie Crean, Sable Elyse Smith and Shaun Leonardo speak with moderator Nicole Fleetwood about their project & exhibition Mirror/Echo/Tilt at The New Museum. A livestream of the conversation will be available here.

Mirror/Echo/Tilt opens at The New Museum

Image: Melanie Crean, Shaun Leonardo, and Sable Elyse Smith, Mirror/Echo/Tilt, 2019. video still, Courtesy the artists Mirror/Echo/Tilt is a performance and pedagogical project created by artists Melanie Crean, Shaun Leonardo, and Sable Elyse Smith to examine the language and gestures used to describe experiences of arrest and incarceration. The project is on view at The New Museum […]

For Fates shown at AIR Gallery

A.I.R. Gallery is pleased to announce For Fates, an exhibition by Fellowship Artist Melanie Crean. April 18 – May 19, 2019 Opening Reception: Thursday, April 18, 6-8pm First Thursday Dumbo Art Walk: Thursday, May 2, 6-8pm Public For Fates is based on a set of collective imaginings about what a future culture of justice might […]

Restating the Union at ICP

International Center for Photography RE-STATING THE UNION February 20, 2019 (6:30PM – 8PM ) In response to Franklin D.Roosevelt’s iconic 1941 State of the Union Address—popularly known as his “Four Freedoms” address—artists, writers, and political thinkers offer reflections on the state of our union, and our freedoms, in 2019. During the final 30 minutes of the […]

VECTOR at The Whitney

  An Evening with VECTOR FRI, Jun 22, 2018 7:30 pm Floor 3, Susan and John Hess Family Gallery and Theater To celebrate the release of the artist-run journal VECTOR Issue 8, this evening includes performances by contributing artists Nobutaka Aozaki, Jesus Benavente, Caitlin Berrigan, Amy Khoshbin, Julianne Swartz, Leslie Thornton, and collaborators Melanie Crean […]

A Blade of Grass Fellowship recipient, 2018

Melanie Crean ABOG Fellow for Socially Engaged Art As an ABOG Fellow, Melanie Crean will create No Such Place as America in collaboration with the Founding President of Ebony Horsewomen Patricia E. Kelly; members of the Hartford Police Department; and local high school students. This team will use equine therapy and participatory narrative techniques to form a […]

Melanie Crean presents Mirror / Echo / Tilt at the Brooklyn Museum

The Brooklyn Conference: Inspiring Social Change The Brooklyn Museum Robert E. Blum Gallery, 1st Floor Saturday Oct 21, 2017 11:15 am–12:45 pm MELANIE CREAN: Mirror/Echo/Tilt A performative workshop led by Melanie Crean. Mirror / Echo / Tilt was developed by Shaun Leonardo, Melanie Crean, and Sable Elyse Smith focusing on questioning and shifting the American […]

At Sundance, makers discuss filmmaking for social change

Sundance Film Festival, Park City Utah: Parsons faculty members Melanie Crean, Erica Fae, Abou Farman, Nitin Sawhney, and Caveh Zahedi discuss how experimental filmmaking can create social change. During the panel, faculty members took turns discussing their practices and sharing illustrative examples of their work, inviting attendees to consider the use of experimental techniques to […]

Mirror / Echo / Tilt at Southern Exposure

Over the Wall April 22 – May 14, 2016 Opening reception: Friday, April 22, 2016, 7:00 – 9:00 PM Gallery hours: 12:00 – 6:00 PM, Tuesday – Saturday Over the Wall is a group exhibition about love and other spaces of the imagination within systems and sites of oppression. The artists in Over the Wall […]

2016 Creative Capital Award

Creative Capital announces its 2016 awardees, including: Melanie Crean, Shaun Leonardo and Sable Elyse Smith, Brooklyn, NY Project: Mirror / Echo / Tilt, a collaboration with formerly incarcerated people that uses magical realism to investigate representations of criminalized black and brown bodies.

Mirror / Echo / Tilt at Skowkegan

MIRROR / ECHO / TILT Participatory performance by Melanie Crean, Shaun Leonardo, Sable Elyse Smith Skowhegan Hard Work Series #3 Friday, December 11, 2015 7:30pm – 8:30pm 136 West 22nd Street New York, NY For Mirror / Echo / Tilt, the artists will involve members of the public in physical reenactments of recent current events, to viscerally […]

Sound of Fiction performance, as part of Bring on the Reality

Thursday, July 23 2015 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Nathan Cummings Foundation 475 Tenth Avenue, 14th Fl. Sound of Fiction co-directed by Melanie Crean RSVP required. Please email by Monday July 20th to participate. Event is limited to 30 people. Please note that by participating in this event, you agree to be photographed and videotaped. The Sound of […]

Once Upon a Bx in Bring on the Reality show

Bring in the Reality presents works in a variety of media that embody the rhetorical role of parrhesia: works that speak candidly, freely and boldly; works that “speak truth to power.” The title of the exhibition is taken from Cornel West’s 2014 book Black Prophetic Fire, in which he speaks to the enduring resonance of […]

Don Quixote open film session as part of NLE exhibition

Sunday, May 31 2015 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm “The Adventures of Don Quixote” is a performance project created by a group of artists (Melanie Crean, Sable Elyse Smith, Shaun Leonardo) and individuals affected by the justice system, concerning the process of cyclical incarceration. Based on the Cervantes character, their goal is to create a […]

MotF in Urban Omnimbus

Memories of the Future featured in Urban Omnibus.

Memories of the Future Poetry & Cinema Walk June 21, 5:00 pm

The artist Melanie Crean, in collaboration with urban revitalization strategist Majora Carter, The Bronx Museum, and a group of 15 poets, will present a poetry and cinema walk on Saturday June 21st, beginning at 5:00 at 901 Hunts Point Ave. Well known spoken word artists such as Caridad “La Bruja” De La Luz and Simply […]

Memories of the Future appears in Bronx Speaks show

Excerpts from Memories of the Future will appear in the Bronx Speaks show at the Bronx Museum as part of the Armory Show. The opening will be Thursday March 6th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, 1040 Grand Concourse, Bx NY. More information and a full list of participating artists is here.

Memories of the Future in NY Daily News

An article about the Memories of the Future Forum appeared in the Daily News here. The forum, concerning the system of issues related to juvenile detention, was performed on April 25th and May 5th at BAAD, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance in Hunts Pt, Bx. The project was produced with Home(town) Security Labs. For […]

Village Voice writes about process behind Once Upon a Time in the Bronx.

Sam Levin from the Village Voice wrote a great article about the process of working with young women from the Bronx to create the Once Upon a Time in the Bronx project.

Once Upon a Time in the Bronx, opens on Wed April 4th

Once Upon a Time in the Bronx, a collaborative storytelling project designed with Bronx high school students to create mechanisms for telling stories about their community, opens on Wednesday April 4th as part of No Longer Empty’s This Side of Paradise exhibition. The project began by redesigning an existing story telling card game, originally featuring […]

Building Better Speech at Performa Biennial

Workshop Building Better Speech Performance Workshops Melanie Crean and Claire Picher, with Turning Point for Women and Families Performa Biennial 233 Mott Street (intersection at Prince Street) Free admission¬ The Building Better Speech workshops investigate how issues of identity and power can be communicated as a form of text, either through the body’s gestures, or […]

Music for Shiloh Performance May 14th

Music for Shiloh Melanie Crean, with John Welsh and Gillian Walsh Saturday May 14th, 5:00 – 6:00 pm The New School, Wollman Hall, 65 W11 St. 5th floor Music for Shiloh, directed by Melanie Crean, is a performance generated from a sound score written by John Welsh and a movement score written by Gillian Walsh. […]

How To Do Things With Words: Exhibition Reviews

You can read Thom Donovan’s review of the How To Do Things With Words exhibition on BOMBLOG and Stephen Squibb’s review on Idiom.

Art in General Publication

Art in General is publishing a monograph of my project The Luminists, which will be available on Amazon here and the New York Art Book Fair.

Exhibition: How To Do Things With Words

I am organizing an exhibition called How To Do Things With Words, concerning speech and political change running from Sat Oct 30 – Tue Nov 9 at Parsons The New School for Design’s Aronson Gallery on 66 Fifth Ave. Artists include: Melanie Crean, Azin Feizabadi, Andrea Geyer & Sharon Hayes, Carlos Motta, Martha Rosler, The […]

Presentation: The Shape of Change

I will be giving a presentation about my current series of projects entitled The Shape of Change, concerning the ability of speech to produce personal and political change, at dorkbot at 7:00 on Wednesday Oct 6 at Location One, 26 Greene St. NYC.