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Rory Golden's
Duty Free Ranger: Taste for Romance

September 27-28, 2017
4pm to Dusk
Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY
Check @rorygolden on Instagram and Twitter for specific location near the Lincoln Road entrance

Rory Golden will read aloud from a romance novel by Barbara Cartland* while eating powdered donuts on a bench in Prospect Park. Colonial history, fashion and white blindness are raw material for parody in this new iteration of Golden's Duty Free Ranger performative public intervention series. Taste for Romance offers an overly dramatic interpretation of historical romance literature that evokes colonialist capitalist hetero patriarchal hegemony at its most ethereal and ludicrous.

Duty Free Ranger performative public interventions destabilize colonialism, militarism and complacency. The actions connect contemporary cultural expressions, in this case, fashion, with our violent history through public actions or rituals of various kinds.

Visitors may bring hot coffee and powdered donuts to share with others

*Barbara Cartland, known as the Queen of Romance, broke the world record for the most books written in a year, with one hundred twenty one books in 1976. In 1977 she broke her own record. Golden will read from Cartland's Love, Lords and Ladybirds. Set in Regency England the story follows saucy, headstrong Petrina as she matches wits with her ward, the Earl of Staverton.

Francheska Alcantara's
Sisterin' in Procession

September 30, 2017
Gather from: 1pm
Procession at: 1:30pm
Kingsbridge Armory
29 W Kingsbridge Rd
Bronx, NY 10468

Sisterin' in Procession will consist of an artistic action alongside Jerome Avenue and surrounding areas in The Bronx spearheaded by local working-class womyn.

Participants will be asked to wear white or red clothing while dragging bars of soap sourced from local stores. The soaps themselves would act as markers and placeholders for the diverse communities living in The Bronx. They would also bring symbolic cleansing to areas affected by displacement and gentrification due de Blasio’s rezoning and housing plans.

Sisterin' in Procession will serve as an act of subversion, a tool of discussion and a historical record of the resilience of working-class communities in The Bronx and beyond.

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