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"A Trace of An Implied Presence - Installations Images. Tiona Nekkia McClodden, The Trace of An Implied Presence, 2022. 7-channel HD color + BW video, with sound, lights, dimensions variable. 22. The Shed, NYC Courtesy Tiona Nekkia McClodden, The Shed + produced by Nike NYC. Photo: Maria Baranova
We are thrilled to invite you to Tiona Nekkia McClodden’s The Trace of an Implied Presence at the Shed, now open to the public for FREE through December 11th. This exhibition meditates on the living history and influence of contemporary Black dance in the United States. The exhibition centers on a multichannel video installation inspired by the artist’s research into the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s 1983 landmark festival Dance Black America, a dynamic presentation of American dance that featured legendary Black dancers, choreographers, scholars, and dance companies.
In The Shed’s Level 2 Gallery, the installation features four individual dance floors that function as stages for projected images of the singular figures or groups McClodden has collaborated with, including scholar Mikki Shepard, tap dancer Michael J. Love, dancer and choreographer Leslie Cuyjet, the Rod Rodgers Dance Company, and dancers Audrey & June Donaldson, a couple upholding the legacy of the Philly Bop.
The exhibition is organized by Tiona Nekkia McClodden and co-produced by Nike NYC and The Shed.