A Post-Basel Retreat Brought Performance Art to St. Croix

Artists including Rashaad Newsome, Oceana James, David Antonio Cruz, Jeanette Ehlers, traveled to St. Croix for what was billed as a “Post Art Basel Miami Beach Art World Retreat.”

Billed as a “Post Art Basel Miami Beach Art World Retreat,” the inaugural Caribbean performance series, Take Five, took place roughly 11,000 miles southeast of Miami Beach, on the US Virgin Island of St. Croix. The week-long series featured performances by artists Rashaad Newsome, Oceana James, David Antonio Cruz, Jeanette Ehlers, studio visits with local artists, and the opening of Kharis Kennedy’s Touch Has Memory, a solo exhibition of painting and performance at The Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts.

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Source: A Post-Basel Retreat Brought Performance Art to St. Croix (Vice Creators, Dec 18 2016)

Take Five and Art100: Panel Discussion and Exhibition

Panel Discussion at Art100 New York, Friday March 3rd, 5-7pm

This Friday Kharis Kennedy will be attending the Take Five/Art100 Panel Discussion: Nationality, Ethnicity, Identity and the Consumption of Contemporary Art. The discussion about the consumption of contemporary art will expand the dialogue that Kennedy started with Take Five in St. Croix in December 2016.

Over the past several decades, the nationality, ethnicity, sexuality and identity of an artist have increasingly become considerations and markers in how their art is evaluated, appraised and qualified. The panel will share their experiences in this regard and will probe the concept of art beyond identity in both the museum and commercial realms

TAKE FIVE, a survey exhibition of identity, race, gender, power and the environment took place in the U.S. Virgin Islands, in December 2016.  TAKE FIVE is now collaborating with ART100 New York to to discuss the role that commercial and non-profit sectors play in the consumption of art that highlights issues of nationality, ethnicity, and identity in the global art market.

RSVP: events@alainasimoneinc.com

Exhibition, Art100, April

Exhibtion at Art100 – more information coming soon. Subscribe to newsletter to make sure you don’t miss it!


Can’t kick me out now!

Good news: the National Association of Women Artists has juried me into its ranks!  Even better news: following the induction I asked the obvious question and the answer was “yes, once you’re in you can’t be kicked out.”  I smell carte blanche!

I’ve also been honored to have work selected for inclusion in the upcoming 11th Biennial Exhibition at A.I.R. Gallery.  I’m excited about this one as Nancy Princenthal (critic, former Senior Editor of Art in American, etc.) was the curator and she chose “White Collar Goes Black : Group Bespoke” which is one of my larger paintings and hasn’t been shown before:


Opening night is Thursday, Dec 4th (see you soon NYC!) and I have outfit concern – do you think that without a shirt this outfit will make it look like I’m one of those sad artists who are “trying too hard” or “desperate for attention?”