Thursday 11/06/14 7PM-9PM
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Performances · Exhibition-Related

Open Pole

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Courtesy Keisha Franklin

As part of Gerard & Kelly’s project on the Fifth Floor, and in conversation with the Fall 2014 R&D Season thematic CHOREOGRAPHY, the public is invited to observe and participate in pole-dancing classes, practice sessions, and on occasion, hosted events. These “Open Pole” gatherings will occur during “Pay-What-You-Wish” Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. at the New Museum. Pole classes by invitation only will be held from 7–8:30 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to observe. From 8:30–9 p.m., the artists open up the floor and invite visitors to practice their pole skills.

November 6*
November 13
November 20*
December 4
December 11*
January 8
January 15*
January 22*

*Class with Keisha Franklin, yoga, dance, and pole instructor at Shockra Studio

Keisha Franklin
Keisha Franklin’s love affair with movement began with street dance at the age of eight, but it wasn’t until 1993, when she entered the hip-hop and underground house scenes, that her real dance education began. In 1999, she began her formal training with Oriental dance and samba and, later, moved into everything from African to modern dance. Years of work as a theatrical performer gradually brought her to pole. She became instantly connected to the athleticism and beauty found in the art form, and how it makes participants feel confident and strong. Franklin’s approach to teaching pulls from her experience with different movement vocabularies. She focuses on proper alignment and strength development as well as building a solid foundation; her style is warm and welcoming, and she invites laughter and self-exploration in every class. Franklin is a two-hundred-hour certified Hatha Vinyasa Yoga Instructor and an X-Pert Pole certified. She is also an avid yogi and a student of Pilates.


Artist residencies at the New Museum are made possible, in part, by Laurie Wolfert.
Additional support is provided by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund, and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.

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