Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2013-14

(Brooklyn, NY)David Antonio Cruz

TAKEABITE: The Opera

The Opera will recreate the multi-­‐layered audio from the video TAKEABITE; elduendealwaystravels…light, live on a stage. The Opera performance will feature the three main performers, Mickalene Thomas, Elia Alba and David Antonio Cruz in full costume, backed by a small orchestra, a choir, a jazz and soprano singer, fourteen actors, and special effects sound makers. The video, TAKEABITE is dark and humorous attempt at exploring migration, gluttony, and consumption of the American dream, inspired by Lorca’s essay on the duende, Vidal's The City and The Pillar, Baldwin's Giovanni's Room, and 1950s sitcoms. It was filmed at Monet's Gardens in Giverny and in Brooklyn, NY. The costumes are influenced by 1950s couture, Victorian clothing, and the television show Leave It To Beaver. The performance will take place at El Teator at El Museo del Barrio in Manhattan.

Biography

David Antonio Cruz is a multidisciplinary New York based artist. Cruz fuses video, costume construction, performance and painting to explore and redefine queerness, diasporic, psychological and ever-shifting unnamed spaces. Cruz received his MFA from Yale University and his BFA from Pratt Institute. He attended Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture and the AIM program at the Bronx Museum. His work has been exhibited and screened at various museums and galleries internationally. The artist works and lives in Brooklyn, NY.