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Tue, Apr 23


Mason O. Damon Aud. (Downtown Library)

The Hoodie Uninstallation Experience

A once-in-a-lifetime-event. Witness Artist Yao Kahlil Newkirk as he brings his one-year-long performance to a close!

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The Hoodie Uninstallation Experience
The Hoodie Uninstallation Experience

Time & Location

Apr 23, 2024, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Mason O. Damon Aud. (Downtown Library), 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY 14203, USA

About the event

Performance Artist Yao Kahlil Newkirk is bringing his One-Year-Long performance, Separation Anxiety, to a close. The finale takes place on April 23rd, 2024. It is the culmination of 366 days of wearing the same black hoodie in honor of “Trayvon Martin, and every victim of lynching both present & past.”

Separation Anxiety explores art-based trauma, life lessons, generational values, stereotypes, and the daily representation of blackness. This performance is composed and performed by Artist Yao Kahlil Newkirk, who serves as Founder and Artistic Director of the Black Feather Theatre Company. Participants will have a moment to witness history in the making; the cutting of the locs. Yao’s hair, which has been sewn, and connected to the black hoodie, will be cut during this live stage presentation. Matika Goldsmith, local business owner, stylist and artist who performed Yao’s initial hoodie installation, will examine her stitches to confirm they have not been compromised, and will then cut the hair, freeing Yao from the black hoodie for the first time in a year.

This live stage presentation will feature Clark Academy Dance Center, under the direction of Matthew Clark, a re-enactment of events from the past year, readings, and a viewing of a short film created by Yao Kahlil for this experience. Following the cutting of the locs will be a brief Q&A session for audience members.

Separation Anxiety began April 23, 2023. One year later, the Buffalo & Erie County Library will host Newkirk’sHoodie Uninstallation to take place at the Mason O. Damon Auditorium (Downtown Central Library) 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY 14203 on April 23rd, 2024, from 11:00am – 12:40pm. Doors will open at 10:45am for seating.

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    This ticket includes access to the Hoodie Uninstallation Event, Q&A session, and any extras available.

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