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March 19–April 25, 2015

False Alphabets

Sara Magenheimer

Magenheimer will construct sculptural sets composed of photographs, objects, and film equipment that will become the backdrop for a new video.

January 8–March 22, 2014


Liz Magic Laser

Bystander will be developed at Recess through a series of interviews conducted by journalists and actors with members of the public.

May 1–June 30, 2012


Andy Meerow and Rose Marcus

Marcus and Meerow will address specific economic conditions that inform their collaboration and autonomous creative practices in New York City

April 2–May 6, 2022

The Motion Picture Association for Maintaining Personal Ambivalence

Rashayla Marie Brown and Jamila Raegan

RMB will fashion the Session into an independent filmmaking space where audiences can alter the traumatic endings of movies they want to love.

May 3–June 2, 2018


Manuel Molina Martagon

EL RECREO will turn Recess into a home base for restaurant workers, with diverse programming addressing current issues faced by the food service.

September 27–December 1, 2011

September 27th – December 1st

Park McArthur and Yve Laris Cohen

Laris Cohen and McArthur will use Recess as a space to work on individual and collaborative projects concerning the politics of inclusion.

March 6–April 21, 2018

Shug Avery’s Kiss

Tiona Nekkia McClodden

Shug Avery’s Kiss, a project that will turn the physical space of Recess into a juke joint.

September 23–November 28, 2009

Double Room

Corin Hewitt and Molly McFadden

Hewitt and McFadden have approached the unique program at Recess as an impetus to merge production with performance.

September 15–October 29, 2022

Black Movement Pop Up Library

LaJuné McMillian and Yvonne Mpwo

June 19, 2024, 6:00 – 9:00pm

Meeting #4: Juneteenth Closing Event – A Meditative Celebration of Liberation and Community Facilitated by Wildcat Ebony Brown, Nour Batyne, Adelle Lin & Manushka Magloire of the Wide Awakes

Helina Metaferia

Celebrate Juneteenth with the Wide Awakes at a closing event designed as a meditative space for grounding and celebration.

May 9–June 19, 2024

The Meeting Place

Helina Metaferia

A site for transformative gatherings by and for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) women (cis and transgender)

May 11, 2024 at 2:00pm

Meeting #1: By Way of Revolution | Facilitated by Helina Metaferia

Helina Metaferia

Session artist Helina Metaferia will explore the overlapping practices of performance art and protest movements.

May 24, 2024, 6:00 – 9:00pm

Meeting #2: The Future is Present – Building Worlds with The Free Black Women’s Library Facilitated by OlaRonke Akinmowo, founder of TFBWL

Helina Metaferia

Join OlaRonke Akinmowo of TFBWL for a writing workshop that interrogates the possibility of afro-futurism, daydreaming, and world-building.

June 1, 2024 at 2:00pm

Meeting #3: Gathering Workshop — Creative Tools for Collective Movement Facilitated by Samaa Wakim and Samar Haddad King of Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre

Helina Metaferia

Exploring Palestinian culture, history, and resilience through the lens of movement and contemporary performance.

November 3–December 23, 2017

A Ponemos Chancla

Troy Michie

A Ponemos Chancla is an installation that simulates a men’s formalwear shop to explore camouflage, the semiotics of fashion.

January 10–March 10, 2012


John Miserendino

For Pavilion, Miserendino will reinterpret Dan Graham’s original plans for his architectural structures.

September 2012

The Object of Sound Art

Jackson Moore

June 3–August 2, 2014

Ruka (To braid/ to knit/ to weave)

Nontsikelelo Mutiti

Mutiti will play the role of the artist, designer, and researcher to a space for the study and practice of hair braiding.