Katie Cercone aka High Prieztezz Or Nah is a visionary artist, scribe, prieztezz, and spiritual gangsta whose practice encompasses interdisciplinary installation art, assemblage, performance, and socially engaged community ritual. On Thursday, March 18 at 12 PM ET, Katie will join CMA Associate Director of Programming Raquel Du Toit for a virtual artist talk and studio tour. This event will be livestreamed on CMA’s Facebook page.
This event is intended for adults, though children are welcome to tune in. Children are invited to attend Club CMA with Raquel the next day on Friday, March 19 at 1 PM ET. In celebration of International Women’s Day and with Katie’s work as inspiration, we will make our own hip-hop cut-out collages to celebrate the women in our lives — and we might even do some yoga!
Katie Cercone *Or Nah* is a visionary artist, scribe, prieztezz, and spiritual gangsta hailing from the blessed coast. Cercone has performed or shown work in exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, Bronx Museum, Dallas Contemporary, Momenta Art, C24 Gallery, Changjiang Museum China, Dodge Gallery, and Aljira Center for Contemporary Art. She has published critical writing in ART PAPERS, White Hot, Posture, Brooklyn Rail, Hysteria, Bitch Magazine, Utne Reader, and N.Paradoxa. As co-leader of the radical, queer, transnational feminist collective Go! Push Pops, Cercone spearheaded a 400-women strong takeover of the Whitney Museum in 2014 known as “The Clitney Perennial,” and was awarded the Culture Push Fellowship for Utopian Practice the same year. In 2015 she was a distinguished National Endowment for the Arts Fellow for the U.S.-Japan Exchange Program in Tokyo (JUSFC). Her work has been featured in Dazed, MILK, Interview, Japan Times, Huffington Post, ART 21, Hyperallergic, PAPER, Art Fag City, Washington Post, and Art Net TV, among others. Cercone has curated shows for Momenta Art, KARST (UK), Cue Art Foundation, Local Project, and NurtureArt. Cercone is adjunct faculty at the School of Visual Arts where she teaches GENDER TROUBLE in the Visual & Critical Studies Department. Katie was awarded the Franklin Furnace Award Fund in 2020. Follow her on Instagram @0r__nah_spiriturlgangsta and learn more at katiecercone.com
Pictured: Octopussy, 2015, 64 x 53 x 2 in. fabric assemblage, part of SOLARA Saturnalia (Kawaii Kali Redux) 7:06 min video starring Alees Yvon & the Black Diamond Ganguro GAL Unit, shot in Tokyo, Japan