A Study in Rhyme & Song: Then There Were None
Sadie Woods

December 11, 2016
3PM – 4PM

High Concept Labs, 4th Floor
Mana Contemporary Chicago
2233 S Throop St.
Chicago, IL

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A Study in Rhyme & Song:
Then There Were None
Sadie Woods


A Study in Rhyme & Song: Then There Were None, by artist Sadie Woods, surveys the performance of identity through the lens of children’s rhymes and songs. The performative sound installation offers a critical perspective on notions of progress, living in a post-racial nation, and identity-based politics.

Pulling from minstrel show tunes “Ten Little Nigger Boys” and “Ten Little Injuns,” A Study in Rhyme & Song confronts the history of propaganda in education and entertainment. Sound recordings and audio collages are played while concurrent choreographed movement explores themes of the school-to-prison pipeline, gun culture in America and social justice hashtags, masculinity and queer culture, and comic relief.

Featured performers: Omari Ferrell, Tyran Freeman, Osiris Khepera, Erick McGee, and Sean James William Parris. Choreography by Ricardo Gamboa.

About Sadie Woods
A Chicago native with a childhood steeped in performing and visual arts training, Sadie Woods honed her curating craft at Marwen, the national award-winning arts foundation, curating its alumni gallery and forging partnerships with community organizations. During this time, she also was the resident curator for Gallery 718, presenting emerging Chicago artists while using her deejay skills and music sensibility to create sound installations for each exhibition.

Woods co-founded deejay collective White Label and has held deejay residencies throughout Chicago for over a decade with a focus in the arts and hospitality industries, and with tastemakers. She received her BFA in Music from Columbia College and MFA in Sound from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Her practice includes sound art and design, deejaying, exhibition making, and collaborations within different communities. She’s been a resident artist at the Hyde Park Art Center Program, a participant for École du Magasin’s Harald Szeemann Individual Methodology project through their International Curatorial Program, a resident curator at the Chicago Artists Coalition’s HATCH Projects, and a collaborator of the Independent Curators International’s Curatorial Intensive program in Dakar, Senegal. She is currently a resident artist at ACRE and SAIC’s Nichols Tower at Homan Square.


Image: Courtesy of Sadie Woods