Marching On Performance

Marcus Garvey ParkHarlem (enter at 122nd St. and Madison Avenue)

Presented by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance as part of Performa 17


Saturday, November 11th, 2017


Sunday, November 12th, 2017


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Marching On: The Politics of Performance is a project commissioned by Storefront that explores the legacy of marching and organized forms of performance. African-American marching bands have long been powerful agents of cultural and political expression, celebrating collective identities and asserting rights to public space and visibility.


Bryony Roberts and Mabel O. Wilson collaborate with the Marching Cobras of New York, a Harlem-based after-school drum line and dance team in a new project that interweaves echoes of the 1917 Silent March against racial violence with references to the revered Harlem Hellfighters in order to celebrate the crucial role of the community’s collective performances as acts of both cultural expression and political resistance.


Marching On will be inaugurated with a series of performances presented by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance as part of Performa 17. The performances are free and open to the public.


A subsequent exhibition will be presented at Storefront’s gallery space in early 2018. Read more about the exhibition here.





Project Team

Artists: Bryony Roberts and Mabel O. Wilson in collaboration with the Marching Cobras of New York

Curator: Eva Franch

Associate Curator: Carlos Mínguez Carrasco

Strategic Development: Jinny Khanduja

Programs Producer: Max Lauter


Marching On: The Politics of Performance is commissioned by Storefront for Art and Architecture.


Project Support

Marching On: The Politics of Performance is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.


General Support

Storefront’s programming is made possible through general support from Arup; DS+R; F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc.; Knippers Helbig; KPF; MADWORKSHOP; ODA; Rockwell Group; Roger Ferris + Partners; Tishman Speyer; the Foundation for Contemporary Arts; The Greenwich Collection Ltd.; the Lily Auchincloss Foundation; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; The Peter T. Joseph Foundation; and by Storefront’s Board of Directors, members, and individual donors.


Photo: Marching Cobras rehearsal for Marching On, Marcus Garvey Park, Spring 2017. Courtesy of Storefront for Art and Architecture.