Meet the Push Pops

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Go! Push Pops are new Materials for the Arts recipients. They are a radical, queer, feminist, transnational collective and they embody feminist pedagogy by strategically employing the female body in participatory rituals, performance art, and multimedia interactive installations. Through their work, the Push Pops create discourse around symbolically charged bodies.

Under the direction of Katie Cercone (Santa Rosa, California) and Elisa Garcia de la Huerta (Santiago Chile), the Push Pops have showcased their interactive sculptures and performances in free public art festivals and underground galleries throughout the New York City area since 2010.   Recently, they hosted a free Warrior Goddess Workshop to teach greater self-love, empowerment, and bodily freedom to low-income youth of Brooklyn by combining feminism, healing, and hip hop culture. Through creative movement, they showed young women and girls how to claim space and acknowledge, recognize, and celebrate their bodily territory.

One of their first projects as MFTA recipients is QUEEN$ DOMIN8IN, a performance celebration and contemporary ritual. They perform this Friday, September 6 at 7 pm as part of the Bronx Museum’s Second AIM (Artists in the Marketplace) Biennial (1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx). 

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Most of the costuming and props for the Push Pop’s performance are made from fabric, trim and notion, jewelry, paper, and other supplies found in the Materials for the Arts warehouse.

In collaboration with Untitled Queen, the performance is loosely based on Egyptian Queen mythology and explores the Divine Feminine. The performance comments on the way drumming, combined with dancing, singing, storytelling, and metaphor have been used cross-culturally for ages in spiritual journeys and connections with ancestors, Gods, and Goddesses for health and healing. The Push Pops highlight the importance of the female role in these ritualistic practices, despite historical erasure, and also showcase how contemporary Goddess archetypes emerge in the digital age and popular culture in terms of queer, racial, and feminist politics. The work also celebrates the queer body as transcendent, shape-shifting, and healing.

Very powerful work, Push Pops! Welcome to the MFTA family. We’re so happy to work with you.

The Push Pop's SistersSpinderella was a performative sculpture (2012) in collaboration with Chilean artist Maria Jose Duran Steinman that is based on Native American matrilineal creation myth and the Greek myth of Bacchus. The project was produced through donations from MFTA via membership through the Soho20 Gallery.

The Push Pop’s SistersSpinderella was a performative sculpture (2012) in collaboration with Chilean artist Maria Jose Duran Steinman that is based on Native American matrilineal creation myth and the Greek myth of Bacchus. The project was produced through donations from MFTA via membership through the Soho20 Gallery.

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All photos provided by the Push Pops.