Join us on July 9thth at 5 PM EST, for a virtual dialogue with the compelling exhibiting artists of the current exhibition in the Carr Virtual Center, “Precarious Performances”. Marcellus Armstrong and Luis Vasquez La Roche will discuss their creative practice with regards to performative objects. In addition, Ohio State University PhD candidate, Robert A. Barry Jr. will join the dialogue with the curator of the exhibition, Chelsea A. Flowers.

Marcellus Armstrong  is an interdisciplinary media-maker, media programmer and educator. He is invested in archives of Blackness, queerness, and their relationship to materials. Marcellus received his MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2017. In 2018, he created  “The 48203 Dance Show,” a community based dance show project which reflected on the legacy and archive of WGPR-TV33’s public access program, The New Dance Show. 

His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, including at The Sculpture Center (Cleveland), Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Vernon Gardens (Los Angeles), Oolite Arts (Miami) and with Good Weather at SUNDAY Art Fair (London). 

Luis Vasquez La Roche holds a B.A in Visual Arts from the University of the West Indies and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. They have exhibited work and performed in institutions such as Field Projects in NY, ICOSA in Austin TX, Denison Art Space in OH, Deakin University in Melbourne Australia, La Vulcanizadora in Bogotá Colombia,  LACE in Los Angeles CA, AIR gallery in NY and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Richmond VA. 

They were selected for OAZO Artist in Residence in The Netherlands in 2013 and Beta Local’s 2016 Itinerant Seminar in Puerto Rico. In 2013, co-founded See You on Sunday, an artist collective committed to arts education. They were the recipient of the Fulbright scholarship in 2018. 

Rob Barry, born and raised in Chicago, IL, Rob  is a PhD Student and GE Fellow in the Department of Comparative Studies concentrating in African American and African Studies at The Ohio State University. Through his interest in race, gender, and sexuality, Rob employs Black popular culture and counter-storytelling to interrogate historical and contemporary projections of Black masculinity in media, the identity politics that emerge in the discovery of Black “maleness,” and how those politics transmit transgenerationally through male-to-male engagement in diasporic spaces.