Founder/Arts & Performance Director, Dreamland
in Buffalo, NY
Dana T. Mcknight is a black, queer, multimedia artist currently residing in Buffalo, NY. Blending formal studies in Cultural Anthropology (Long Island University, 2005) and Sculpture (Minerva Kunst Akademie, Groningen NL.), her work lies in a plethora of mediums: illustration, speculative fiction, sculpture, installation, experimental sound, performance art, poetry and painting. At the core of Dana Mcknight's body of work, lies a surreality—the real world slowly picked apart through a lens tinted by magical realism and lived experience. She is the founder of Dreamland Art Gallery, an alternative art and performance space in Buffalo, NY and a Co-Creator for RIQSE (Radical Inclusive Queer Sex Education).
The De-Institution: Or. How to Make A Contemporary Arts Space with no Capital, Networks or Cred
BY DANA MCKNIGHT
@ VOL 17
ON SEP 15, 2016
"Number 1. Be an ornery artist. You're mad. You went to art school. You go to shows in basements and living rooms. You are the poster child of the scurvy-laced bohemia. Your parents can't pay your rent."
In The De-Institution: Or. How to Make A Contemporary Arts Space with no Capital, Networks or Cred from PechaKucha Buffalo vol. 17, artist and founder of Dreamland Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY, Dana Mcknight, illustrates twenty steps to carving out a cutting-edge, artist-run space outside of the dominant, institutional realm. Mcknight cautions, "To be an institution is to own-- to place value on possession rather than action. To fixate on conservative contentment rather than Hope and Possibility. Artist-led spaces fizzle out all the time. Let us not leave behind the phoenix eggs to merely touch a tusk in the Elephant graveyard."