Events – Danspace Project
Douglas Crimp, NYC, 2016. Photo: Alice O’Malley.

A Memorial for Douglas Crimp: Mourning and Militancy

A Memorial for Douglas Crimp: Mourning and Militancy

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Doors open at 12:30pm

Memorial begins at 1pm

at Danspace Project
St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery
131 East 10th Street (at 2nd Avenue)

New York, NY 10003

Please join family and friends in honoring the life and mourning the death of Douglas Crimp, who died on July 5th at age 74 after a long illness, which he met with uncommon grace. Much beloved by students and colleagues at the University of Rochester, where he was the Fanny Knapp Allen professor of Art History and Professor of Visual and Cultural Studies. World renowned as a scholar, writer, lecturer, and critic in visual art, dance, film, and queer studies. Author of numerous books and essays, many of which are classics in their fields. He could be found at a ballet, opera, concert, exhibition or some combination of these nearly every day. Strongly influenced by the gay liberation movement of the early 1970s, he became an inspirational and uncompromising AIDS activist in the ’80’s and ’90s. Survived by his spouse, Yoshiaki Mochizuki, sister Sandi Bloem, brother Greg Crimp, and a wide circle of devoted caregivers and friends, whom he loved deeply.

The afternoon will be filled with performances and remarks by those dear to Douglas.

Douglas requested that his memorial be held at Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church and contributions be made in his name to Danspace Project. Donate here.



1. Judy Hussie-Taylor, Executive Director and Chief Curator, Danspace Project

2. Moment of silence, led by Gregg Bordowitz

3. Sandi Bloem and Greg Crimp

4. Rosalyn Deutsche

5. 3 Satie Spoons
Music: Erik Satie
Choreography: Yvonne Rainer
Performed by Pat Catterson, Emily Coates, Patricia Hoffbauer

6. Gregg Bordowitz

7. Carl d’Aquino

8. Rachel Haidu

9. Nicholas Baume

10. Louise Lawler, “One Minute, for More than One Person”

11. Jonathan Flatley

12. Lynne Cooke

13. Darby English

14. Zoe Leonard

15. Philip Glass, Songs and Poems for Cello Solo (2007), Song VII
Lauren Radnofsky, Cellist and Co-Artistic Director, Ensemble Signal

16. Henry Abelove

17. Lucy Mulroney

18. Marc Siegel

19. Juan Suarez

20. Morgan Bassichis

21. Shiki, Three death haiku
Read by Keith Vincent

22. Richard Wagner, Elegy, WWV 93
Yoshiaki Mochizuki, pianist


Artforum: Gregg Bordowitz on Douglas Crimp

Frieze: Learning How to Be Queer Again: Remembering Douglas Crimp by Thomas J. Lax



Accessibility: Danspace Project’s main entrance is fully wheelchair accessible via ramp. A same-level restroom is available near Danspace Project’s main performance space in the church sanctuary.

Douglas Crimp was born in 1944 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. He became an internationally recognized art historian, critic, AIDS activist, and scholar of queer studies. His highly influential essays of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, especially “Pictures” (1979) theorized postmodernism as a critique of desire and subjectivity in visual representation, helping to radicalize the discourse about contemporary art. In the late 1980’s, in response to the suffering caused by the AIDS epidemic, he became a militant AIDS activist and in 1987 edited an issue of the journal October on “AIDS: Cultural Analysis/Cultural Activism.” Published later as a book, the issue brought Douglas’s ideas about postmodernism to bear on AIDS, engaging in urgent struggles over representations of the disease and of homosexuality. Arguing against aestheticizing and “phobic” images of people with AIDS, Douglas said, “We don’t need to transcend the epidemic; we need to end the epidemic.” But the AIDS epidemic also led Douglas to revise some of his earlier aesthetic ideas. As he writes in the introduction to On the Museum’s Ruins, a collection of his postmodernism essays, “ultimately it was the specter of death that revealed to me the limits of my conception of postmodernism.” If radical art is going to become part of social praxis, he says, it must move outside the conventional institutions of artistic distribution and reception and change the way art functions in society. Following his departure as an editor of October, he became a professor of art history and of visual and cultural studies at the University of Rochester. He gave talks and wrote essays about the films of Andy Warhol, the dance of Yvonne Rainer, among many other topics. He married Yoshiaki Mochizuki. In 2016, he published Before Pictures, a memoir that weaves together his early artistic and sexual experimentation in downtown Manhattan. His collected essays about dance and about dance on film will be published in the spring by Dancing Foxes Press.

Elanor Bock. Photo: Hadley Smith.
Photo: Rourou Ye.

DraftWork: Hadley Smith & Rourou Ye

Saturday, November 9 at 3pm
DraftWork is free and open to all! No advance reservations.

Curated by Ishmael Houston-Jones, the DraftWork series hosts informal Saturday afternoon performances that offer choreographers an opportunity to show their work in various stages of development.

Performances are followed by discussion and a reception with the artists and curator.


DraftWork is presented, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.


Accessibility: Danspace Project’s main entrance is fully wheelchair accessible via ramp. A same-level restroom is available near Danspace Project’s main performance space in the church sanctuary.

Ishmael Houston-Jones (curator): choreographer, author, performer, teacher, and curator. His improvised dance and text work has been performed in New York, across the US, and in Europe, Canada, Australia, and Latin America. He and Fred Holland shared a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for Cowboys, Dreams and Ladders. He was awarded his second “Bessie” Award for the revival of THEM, his 1985/86 collaboration with writer Dennis Cooper and composer Chris Cochrane. He curated Platform 2012: Parallels and Platform 2016: Lost & Found, both at Danspace Project. He has received a 2016 Herb Alpert, a 2015 Doris Duke Impact and a 2013 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Artists Awards. In 2017 he received a third “Bessie” for Variations on Themes from Lost and Found: Scenes from a Life and other Works by John Bernd.

Jerron Herman by Mark Wickens. Molly Joyce by Sarah Midkiff.

Jerron Herman & Molly Joyce: Breaking and Entering

Tuesday, November 12 at 8pm
Friday, November 15 at 8pm
Saturday, November 16 at 8pm


Breaking and Entering is a new collaborative work between disabled artists Jerron Herman and Molly Joyce, exploring congenital and acquired physical immobility through their parallel weak left sides. Cracking a constrained narrative of disability, the pair’s diametric experiences will clash, cohere, and eventually congeal to reveal a dynamic picture of intersection.

Jerron Herman is an interdisciplinary artist creating through dance, text, and visual storytelling. He has performed around the globe with Heidi Latsky Dance and is an advocate for disabled athletes and performers. He was recently nominated for the prestigious United States Artists Fellowship in Dance. An accomplished musician, Molly Joyce’s work is primarily concerned with disability as a creative source. The primary vehicle in her pursuit is an electric vintage toy organ, which allows her to engage with disability on a compositional and performative level.

Each performance will become an inclusive dance party led by a different DJ each night to underscore the joy of disability culture: Kevin Gotkin (Tuesday, November 12), Michael Hammond (Friday, November 15), and JIJI (Saturday, November 16).

An ASL interpreter will be present at each performance. Audio description and Audio-to-text projected transcription will be provided for each performance.

Sound design by Michael Hammond.
Featured DJs are Kevin Gotkin (Tuesday), Michael Hammond (Friday), and JIJI (Saturday).
Costume design by Gerald & Cynthia Herman.
ASL Interpretation by Kathleen D. Taylor
Audio-to-Text Projected Transcription by Ben Grynol of Thisten Software

Accessibility Danspace Project’s main entrance is fully wheelchair accessible via ramp. A same-level restroom is available near Danspace Project’s main performance space in the church sanctuary. Questions about accessibility? Call (212) 674-8112.

Jerron Herman is an interdisciplinary artist who’s been featured with Heidi Latsky Dance at Lincoln Center, ADF, the Whitney Museum, and abroad in Athens. He’s been a principal member of HLD since 2011. Jerron serves on the Board of Trustees at Dance/USA and is also a part of the Executive Committee as Secretary. He has spoken on various panels and now regularly moderates discussion on the intersections of art and culture. As a model, Jerron has shot for Tommy Hilfiger Adaptive, consulted for a Nike-sponsored project, and the Jewelry Library. He’s been profiled in Buzzfeed for his dancing, The New York Post for his fashion, and was featured on Great Big Story. In 2018 he was a Snug Harbor PASS artist, a finalist for the inaugural Apothetae/Lark Play Development Lab Fellowship and was nominated for a Fellowship in Dance from United States Artists. His latest solos include Phys. Ed. and Relative – a crip dance party. Phys. Ed has also been taught as a workshop at Marlboro College. He premiered another solo at The Whitney Museum to commemorate the 29th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Jerron studied at Tisch School of the Arts and graduated from The King’s College. The New York Times has called him, “…the inexhaustible Mr. Herman.” Check out more at

Molly Joyce’s music has been described as one of “serene power” (New York Times), written to “superb effect” (The Wire), and “impassioned” (The Washington Post). Her works have been commissioned by ensembles including the New World, New York Youth, Pittsburgh, and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestras, and New Juilliard, Decoda, and Contemporaneous ensembles. Additionally, her work has been presented at TEDxMidAtlantic, Bang on a Can Marathon, Classical:NEXT, VisionIntoArt’s FERUS Festival, and featured in Pitchfork, WNYC’s New Sounds, Q2 Music, I Care If You Listen, and The Log Journal. Also active as a performer, Molly often sings and plays with her vintage toy organ, an instrument she loves due to how it fits her impaired left hand. Her debut full-length album featuring such will be released on New Amsterdam Records in 2020. Molly has studied at The Juilliard School, Royal Conservatory in The Hague, and Yale School of Music. More information at

The creation of Breaking and Entering was made possible, in part, by the Danspace Project Commissioning Initiative and Production Residency Program with generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Breaking and Entering is supported by New Music USA, made possible by annual program support and/or endowment gifts from Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Breaking and Entering is also made possible by a residency at Performance Space New York with support from the Jerome Foundation, a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, and support from Halcyon Arts Lab, Sirius Arts Centre, and Swatch Art Peace Hotel.

Breaking and Entering is supported by the National YoungArts Foundation.

Breaking and Entering is supported by New Music USA. To follow the project as it unfolds, visit the project page:

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