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Assume Nothing by Rebecca Swan

Assume Nothing by Rebecca Swan

Multi Media Performance Event

Acclaimed mixed media artist Rebecca Swan from Aotearoa / New Zealand is in New York to launch Assume Nothing – a searingly beautiful book celebrating gender diversity. This work has been aptly described by Art News New Zealand as: “Touchingly intimate yet powerful no holds barred approach . . . tremendous tenderness”.

Assume Nothing is also an exhibtion and film honouring gender diversity across cultures and continents – and resonates with the language and music of Aotearoa and the Pacific. Rebecca’s portraits and her working relationship with some of those photographed have been documented by award-winning film-maker Kirsty MacDonald.

This one night event is sure to open your heart and mind, make you laugh and cry, and leave you with an expanded sense of what’s possible. It is an intoxicating cocktail of stunning performances, teasers from Assume Nothing the film and passionate insights from Rebecca into the heart of this 15 year project.


MilDred Gerestant– a Haitian American, universal woman, who is a performance artist, educator, healer, and gender illusionist based in NYC (

Jack Byrne – performer, trans activist and Rebecca’s partner

Shigeyuki Kihara– a celebrated multi media artist who is Samoan, Japanese and fa’afafine

Ema Lyon– a Maori weaver who describes herself as ia (which in Te Reo Maori means both he and she).

Mani Bruce Mitchell– an intersex activist who shares the power of photographs in the reclaiming of her identity.

“Not only does Rebecca Swan provide us with a timely and evocative motto for the 21st century, she does it with style and panache. Assume Nothing shows us what it looks like when theory is put into practice with love and considerable skill.” —Del LaGrace Volcano- gender variant visual artist and activist.

October 29th 7.30-9pm

The Tank
354 W. 45th Street between 8th and 9th.

$10 tickets (available at the door 30 minutes prior to the show, cash only)

Thursday October 28th, 7pm


Blue Stockings Bookstore and Activist Centre
172 Allen St between Stanton and Rivington

Panel discussion “Art, Activism and Gender Identity” exploring the interplay between human rights activism and art followed by book signing.Panel includes, Rebecca Swan, author and photographer of Assume Nothing Jack Byrne, performer, trans activist, and Rebecca’s partner Justus Eisfield, co director and co- founder of global Action for Trans* Equality.

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*** SPRING 2018 EVENTS ***

CSGS spring 2018 calendar

Third Annual José E. Muñoz Memorial Lecture by JUDITH BUTLER

judith butler

a lecture on Susceptibility\Solidarity

February 12, Monday
6:30 to 8 pm

tickets required

Skirball Center
566 LaGuardia Place

The Next American Revolution: Publishing Protest with American Studies Now

next american revolution

a series launch with Lisa Duggan, Roderick Ferguson, Jack Halberstam, & LaMonda Horton-Stallings

February 15, Thursday
6 to 8 pm

285 Mercer Street, 4th Floor

The Extractive Zone: The Social Ecologies of Cecilia Vicuña

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a Decolonizing Vision Speaker Series lecture by Macarena Gómez-Barris

February 22, Thursday
6 to 8 pm

285 Mercer Street, 4th Floor