19 Acts of covid-19 Bravery

digital artworks inspired by the 2020 covid-19 pandemic

“Redefining Bravery”

Courtney Escoyne

Dance Magazine

19 Acts of COVID-19 Bravery was a digital performance platform that ran from April – August 2020. Co-curated and produced by Kate Ladenheim and Brendan Drake, the series supported more than 20 artists in the creation of unique works that responded to the coronavirus pandemic.

Curated projects were inspired by an “act of bravery:” something that is routine under normal circumstances, but during the pandemic became risky, bold, or charged.

Performances were designed exclusively for digital spaces, to be seen and absorbed under social distancing guidelines. Works included dance films, ongoing social media interventions, performative fitness classes, poetic audio experiences, durational performances, and digital collaborations across space and time.

Photo of Brendan Drake (19 Acts co-curator) by Whitney Browne.


a fascinating departure from the normal performance experience

Melanie Green

The Dance Enthusiast

CRAWL was a multi-disciplinary, nomadic arts presenting series. 8 productions occurred between 2014 and 2017. These shows built creative meetings between artists and audiences.

CRAWL shows took place in nontraditional venues throughout New York City, including vodka distilleries, garages, empty apartments, art galleries, and more. Curated works were daring and relevant, and each event promoted critical conversation about performance art and the environments in which we experience it.

More than a roving arts showcase, CRAWL was an artist-first community that imagined an alternative, forward-thinking vision of arts presentation.

the middle passage

art in obscura

The orchestration of darkness and light produces layers which dig far beyond the visual.

Donny Levit

Brooklyn Pulp

Do you ever feel like your world has turned upside down?

George Del Barrio of The Vanderbilt Republic and TPM often feel that way, too. That’s why we joined forces to build The Middle Passage: a focused camera obscura installation inside of Open Source Gallery.

Inside, we see south slope turned literally upside down. The obscura presents inside the gallery what is outside of the gallery; our world, and specifically, a gentrifying Brooklyn block in a neighborhood that is undergoing modern day colonization. In a blissful reclamation, the world’s perspective is the artists’ to control. Inside the walls of the gallery it becomes abundantly clear that the world is what we make it – what we have made it. And that when you cut a hole in the darkness, you fill it with light.