Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2020-21

Katie Cercone (New York, NY)

Project Description

Victory to the Mother is an all-night, participatory Hip Hop Yoga ritual honoring five living Goddesses, female MCs who deliver their origin story and fed by hours of mantra, fly into spiritual ecstasy. Inspired by jagratas of folk India, our Hip Hop Yoga puja harnesses ritually induced passion to cement healthy social bonds. Invoking the Goddess in the form of a flame (jyoti) kept burning all night, staying awake and keeping the flame burning - suggest the root metaphor of being “woke” spiritually. Our puja is the culminating public event of a month-long series of Hip Hop Yoga workshops for wellness.


Katie Cercone *Or Nah* is a visionary artist, scribe, prieztezz and spiritual gangsta hailing from the blessed coast. Cercone has performed or shown work in exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, Bronx Museum, Dallas Contemporary, Momenta Art, C24 Gallery, Changjiang Museum China, Dodge Gallery and Aljira Center for Contemporary Art. She has published critical writing in ART PAPERS, White Hot, Posture, Brooklyn Rail, Hysteria, Bitch Magazine, Utne Reader and N.Paradoxa. As co-leader of the radical, queer, transnational feminist collective Go! Push Pops, Cercone spearheaded a 400-women strong takeover of the Whitney Museum known as “The Clitney Perennial,” and was awarded the Culture Push Fellowship for Utopian Practice in 2014. In 2015 she was a Fellow National Endowment for the Arts-funded for the U.S.-Japan Exchange Program in Tokyo (JUSFC). Her work has been featured in Dazed, MILK, Interview, Japan Times, Huffington Post, ART 21, Hyperallergic, PAPER, Art Fag City, Washington Post, and Art Net TV. Cercone has curated shows for Momenta Art, KARST (UK), Cue Art Foundation, Local Project and NurtureArt. Cercone is adjunct faculty at the SVA where she teaches GENDER TROUBLE in the Visual & Critical Studies Department. Learn more at

Image Descriptions: 1 & 3. Go! Push Pops PRAY WILD, 2015, Spirit Animal Workshop and Parade, Roppongi Art Night, Tokyo, Japan, photo credit: Taro Hirayama. 2. Ratchet AMMA's Ecstatic Birth Blanket Babylon, 2016, Go! Push Pops, New Bohemians, curated by Marie Tomanova, Czech Center, NYC