840 BROADWAY, 2ND FLOOR
BROOKLYN, NY 11206
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Grace, n. - simple elegance or refinement of movement
Grace Period - an extended period granted as a special favor
The Three Graces (Greek Mythology) - charm, grace, and beauty
Opened in 2006, Grace Exhibition Space is devoted exclusively to Performance Art. We offer an opportunity to experience visceral and challenging works by the current generation of international performance artists whether emerging, mid career or established. Being a Brooklyn loft, our events are presented on the floor, not on a stage, dissolving the boundary between artist and viewer. This is how performance art is meant to be experienced and our mission is the glorification of performance art.
Grace Exhibition Space presents over 30 curated live performance art exhibitions each year, showcasing new work by more than 400 performance artists from across the United States and the world since 2006. Grace Space received fiscal sponsorship through Fractured Atlas in 2007.
Since opening, Grace Space has had the opportunity to present three pivotal members of the internationally famous group Black Market International: Boris Nieslony, Roi Vaara and Lee Wen; Mexican artist and curator Martin Renteria and the 3rd World Pirate Marcel Da Champ. We have hosted the local, internationally renowned artists Peter Dobill, Marni Kotak, Nugent Smith, Rafael Sanchez and Rob Andrews- as well as the internationally renowned Boston artists Mari Novotny-Jones, Jeff Huckleberry, Sandy Huckleberry, Alice Vogler, Vela Phelan, Sandrine Scheaffer and Marilyn Arsem (Ms. Arsem was presented through esteemed curator Jonas Stampe's Live Art Festival).
Directors: Jill McDermid-Hokanson & Erik Hokanson
Curators: Jill McDermid-Honason, Daniella Lagaccia, Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow
Social Media: Miles Pflanz
Grant Writer: Valerie Sharp
Door: Daniella Lagaccia + Valerie Sharp (precviously, Leah Butterfield)
Chief Coordinator: Jennifer Maharry
Voting Board Members: Quinn Dukes, Ryan Maloney, Eric Lagaccia, Erik Hokanson, Jill McDermid-Hokanson
Advisory Board: Daniella Lagaccia, Jodie Lynkeechow, Esther Neff, Geraldo Mercado, Myk Henry
Grace Exhibition Space for International Performance Art is a Federally recognized 501(c)3
ROSEKILL OUTDOOR PERFORMANCE SPACE - Rosendale, NY.
Putting Performance Art firmly in Nature on a 60-acre estate. During the summer months, we host and present to the public: Performance Artists, Musicians, Dancers, Scientists and Story-Tellers.
ART/LIFE INSTITUTE RESIDENCY - Kingston NY
Formerly the Archive-Studio-Performance Space of the internationally renowned Performance Artist Linda Mary Montano, our residency continues the work of Ms. Montano by allowing a deeper exploration of Life as Art, allowing the artists' a place to live, interact with the community and continue their research.
Please join us at all of our locations for the challenges of thought-provoking works in different atmospheres.
Jill McDermid-Hokanson has participated in many festivals in Europe, Asia and the Americas as a performance artist since 2000, through the Venice Week of Performance Art (2016), In Living Walls Festival, Albany NY (2011); MEME Gallery, Boston MA (2011); Transmuted International Festival, Mexico (2011); KoPAS International Festival, Korea (2010); InFraction Festival International dArt Performance, France (2010); Transmuted International Festival, Mexico (2010); Performagia o Muerte Festival with Raramuri. Chihuahua, Mexico (2010); Maximum Perception, NYC (2009); The Diverse Universe Festival: European Tour (2010); The Diverse Universe Festival, Estonia (2009); Perfo Puerto International Festival and Conference, Chile (2005); BA+PAF International Festival, Indonesia (2004); Open Art International Festival (2004) and as Guest Curator to The 10th Open Art International Festival (2009)
Mrs. McDermid-Hokanson has been curating and presenting Performance Art in New York City since 2001, including the 21st Suffragettes: Art + Performance by Women (2001), Egeszegedre! Monthly Installation, Video and Performance Art series (2002-2004), Time Shadows Performance Art Series (2005) and opened The Grace Exhibition Space in September, 2006 since then presenting over 300 International Performance Artists.
She has a Master of Fine Art and a Master of Art in Intermedia and Video from the University of Iowa, under the Direction of Professor Hans Breder.
Erik Hokanson has participated in many festivals in Europe, Asia and the Americas as a performance artist since 2008 in Fresh Ground Pepper, NYC (2011); The Stage, 2011 (Newark, NJ); Living Walls Festival, Albany NY (2011); MEME Gallery, Boston MA (2011); Performagia o Muerte Festival with Raramuri. Chihuahua, Mexico (2010); Grace Exhibition Space, NYC (2009, 2010, 2011); InFraction Festival International dArt Performance, France (2010); FranceMaximum Perception, NYC (2009); Transmuted International Festival, Mexico (2011); KoPAS International Festival, Korea (2010); Diverse Universe Festival: European Tour (2010); Diverse Universe Festival, Estonia (2009)
Melissa Lockwood was a founder of Grace Exhibition Space in 2006. She has participated a performance artist since 1989. She is an interdisciplinary artist working in performance, video, drawing, painting, photography and fashion design. She has worked within the groups The Yes Men and Non Grata (Estonia). In Dance Hackit, Brooklyn, NY (2011); In collaboration with Yinka Oyewole at Chelsea Art Museum, NYC (2011); Brooklyn Fashion as Film, 2011 (Brooklyn, NY); Brooklyn Fashion Weekend, Brooklyn NY (2011); In collaboration with Keiko Uneshi; Roulette Musicircus, Brooklyn, NY (2011) Balls across America; Yes Men (2009) The New York Post tells the truth: The Yes Men (2009); Home, Noemie Lafrance (2009) Maximum Perception, NYC (2008) Melissa Has traveled nationally and internationally showing her Performance, Video and Fashion Works. She has a Master of Fine Art and a Master of Art in Performance and Video from the University of Iowa, under the Direction of Mr. Hans Breder. Cofounder of Grace Exhibition Space and Co-director 2006 -2009.