Autumn Knight, originally from Houston and lately based in New York, is best known for her charged performance works. Intense and disarming, these pieces play off the social dynamics of her audiences, amplifying the race, gender, and power relationships in the room—often to absurd (even hilarious) effect. At the University of Illinois’s Krannert Art Museum, “In Rehearsal,” Knight’s first solo museum exhibition, was conceived around four such performances.
The first two were lively, improvisational group events presented this January and March in the single-room gallery that anchored the show. El Diablo y Cristo Negro (The Devil and Black Christ), a partially scripted comedic dialogue that drew upon Panama’s traditional Black Christ Festival, featured actor Chivas Michael and student Xavier Roe performing the title roles ...Read more