IMAGE: Katherine Vaughn.

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Abraham Cruzvillegas:
Hi, how are you, Gonzo?

Exhibition Activation: Performing Gender & Pole Dancing

Activations are included with museum admission.
Admission is free of charge every Tuesday; complimentary advance tickets for Tuesday activations are encouraged.

Abraham Cruzvillegas embraces the concept of autoconstrucción—loosely defined as “self-constructing”—in a vibrant artistic practice imbued with a sense of constant becoming and a curiosity to learn and share information.

Responding to Cruzvillegas’s sculptures made from recycled everyday materials, the performance by Matthew Aldini and Katherine Vaughn will reflect on the concepts of gender fluidity and rigidity, and explore how society attempts to shape identity. Incorporating a portable dance pole, sound components, and costuming, the dancers will mirror each other's bodies and movements throughout the space. Tapping into the percussive potential of the resonant sculptures in the gallery and emulating the sculptural forms with their dancing bodies, they hope to activate the exhibition and elevate the practice of pole dancing by highlighting its expressive qualities.

Matthew Aldini grew up at his grandparents' music and dance institute in Queens, New York, where he learned a love of performing and that he would never fit the traditional artist mold or his family’s expectations. His passion for his own style of performance and personal expression were ignited by a 2018 accident when he was run over by an SUV while riding his bicycle in Austin. Aldini healed physically and continued on to perform, compete, and set multiple world records in the pole dance and drag community. Matthew teaches at Brass Ovaries, a multi-functional aerial arts studio.

Katherine Vaughn is from Cleveland, Ohio. She studied romance languages at The University of Texas, and is now a traveling dancer and clown based in Austin. Her artistic practice involves exploring internal and external landscapes and cultures through movement of the body and through language. She continues to explore how dance and verbal communication align as methods of expression and communication.