Video Still from WATERMARK, 2022, 2 channel video installation, courtesy of the artists Danielle Abrams and Mary Ellen Strom

Danielle Abrams

Spring 2021 Public Art Residency and Spring 2022 Mills Gallery Exhibition Project:

Danielle Abrams’ performances arose from the social tides that shaped her mixed race and queer identities. She adopted personae that animate the dualistic relationships between racial and ethnic groups. Her work staged interactive encounters, and by using plays, puppetry, and monologues, she reimagined the narratives of art history, civil rights, and popular culture. By rearranging time periods and juxtaposing clans, Abrams’ performances built a radical social vision. Intimate dialogues, homespun lore, and sass are Abrams’ syntax, which liberate the scripts of the past. Abrams performed and exhibited at the ICA Boston; Detroit Institute of the Arts; Bronx Museum of the Arts; The Jewish Museum, NY; Queens Museum; Grand Central Art Center; and at other festivals, spaces and galleries. She has received support from The New York Foundation of the Arts, the Franklin Furnace Performance Art Fund, Live Arts Boston at The Boston Foundation, and New England Foundation for the Arts’ “Collective Imagination for Spatial Justice” Grant. Abrams was a Professor of Practice in Performance at School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University in Boston. Danielle passed away in April, 2022.