Maya Stovall makes art through small encounters in everyday life. Theorem, no.1, her new performance commission, unfolds in the streets and sidewalks — spaces fraught and celebrated — where that life takes place. Spinning a score that the artist refers to as “The Anti-Pop Up” or “The Anti-Flash Mob,” Theorem, no.1 gathers artists and collaborators to weigh the distances between neighbors, public spaces, and art worlds.
Led by the movement of Seycon-Nadia Chea, Bana Kabalan, and Mohamed Soumah and the soundscapes of Todd Stovall, a group of 15 interconnected souls take actions from reading, eating, crying, sucking, thinking, kissing, writing, and praying. Together, they weave us into a procession of urban research, wonder, grit, and feeling.
About the Artist
Working through theory and performance, moving and still image, installation and interview, Maya Stovall explores the big questions of human life. She works as a conceptual artist and an anthropologist, and she has exhibited in the 2017 Whitney Biennial and the Studio Museum in Harlem’s 2017–18 F-Series. Her book, Liquor Store Theatre, arrives from Duke University Press in spring 2020. Her second book on the imprint, Writing Through Walls, co-authored with her brother Josef Cadwell, is forthcoming. She lives and works in Detroit where she grew up, as well as in Los Angeles County, where she is an assistant professor at California State Polytechnic University (Cal Poly), Pomona.
Collaborating performers: Seycon-Nadia Chea, Bana Kabalan, Mohamed Soumah, with the writings of Josef Caldwell
Original dance music: Todd Stovall
Collaborators of the artist: Duane Belin, Kai Belin, Kia Belin, Josef S. Cadwell, E.L. Chaotic, Jeffrey Durham, Todd Elkin, Diana Gamboa, Desiray Hardaway, Marie Alana Stiles
Guide & historian: Del Seymour, Tenderloin Walking Tours
FMCAC: David Coffman, Marijane Kubow, Frank Smigiel
SFAI: Robin Beard & Kat Trataris
Tenderloin Museum: Jean Blacksten, Katie Conry, Shawna Vesco
CounterPulse: Julie Phelps
The artist extends warm thanks to Del Seymour for taking her phone call and staying in touch, & to the people of San Francisco for sharing their streets.
About Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (FMCAC)
A decommissioned military installation converted into a nonprofit cultural center, FMCAC looks to artworks that create campus-wide opportunities for inquiry, wonder, and visual pleasure.
About the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI)
Founded in 1871, SFAI is one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher education in the practice and study of contemporary art.
About the Tenderloin Museum
Tenderloin Museum celebrates the rich history of one of San Francisco’s most overlooked neighborhoods, highlighting the pioneering activism and fierce resistance woven into our 31-square blocks.
About Tenderloin Walking Tours
Tenderloin Walking Tours take you on a journey of discovery, revealing new aspects of the neighborhood and astounding you with the visions and stories of those who have shaped it and who live and work there today.