Crit Night at Ace Hotel Brooklyn

Ace Hotel Brooklyn and Pioneer Works join in creative arms to foster artistic communities.

Crit Night is a seasonal series where Pioneer Works artists-in-residence share works in progress during an intimate evening focused around experimentation and discourse.

May Crit Night will feature three 20 minutes performances in the Atrium with PW Residents and Alumni Le'Andra LeSeur, Lorena Barrera Enciso, and Corrine Jasmin, followed by a casual gathering with drinks and a DJ set by OHYUNG in The Lobby.

Visual Arts Resident Le’Andra LeSeur presents a new performance-based reading exploring the act of collapse, Testimony: Sketching Collapse. In this 16-minute performance, the artist will use gesture and voice to oscillate within a space contemplating past, present, and future occurrences of personal and communal collapse.

Visual Arts Resident Alum Lorena Barrera Enciso will show Manos, a short experimental documentary about the lives and experiences of Latin American immigrants working in the service industry of New York City.

March Music Resident Corrine Jasmin will present an intimate performance of new and recently released music. Jasmin’s songwriting is reflective, vast, and sometimes paired with poetry. Her music shares thoughtful narratives that are infused with care, and the performer’s work is experimental in nature.

Music Resident Alum OHYUNG will DJ in the Lobby Bar following the program.

About the artists

Le’Andra LeSeur is a multidisciplinary artist whose work encompasses a range of media including video, installation, photography, painting, and performance. LeSeur’s body of work, a celebration of Blackness, queerness, and femininity, seeks to dismantle systems of power and achieve transcendence and liberation through perseverance. Through the insertion of her body and voice into her work, she provides her audience with an opportunity to contemplate themes such as identity, family, Black grief and joy, the experience of invisibility, and what it means to take up space as a queer Black woman—a rejection of the stereotypes which attempt to push these identities to the margins.

Lorena Barrera Enciso is a Mexican interdisciplinary artist. Her film work observes the inherent choreography of the body in motion and the sense of longing that is inarticulate and exists without spoken language. Through her experiences as a brown migrant body, she explores the fabrication of identity and invisible labor in the context of the United States. The tactile quality of her work yearns for intimacy and favors exposition methods closer to the warmth of community and alternative to the big screen. However, her work, like her, is a body of many homes. She is currently based in Queens, NY.

Brooklyn-based Corrine Jasmin is a poet, musician, celebrated writer, and multidisciplinary artist creating to cement a Black future.

The powerhouse and dynamic performance artist shared stages with Flo Milli, opening for her Pittsburgh tour stop, and is a back-to-back Brooklyn Poetry Slam Champion. Her music is reflective, vast and experimental in nature. Move Through, her debut single, was accompanied by a self-directed and edited film and followed by (micro) album: Fever Dream Insomniac.

Jasmin has performed around the country and at spaces like BRIC, The Andy Warhol Museum, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, August Wilson Center, and Carnegie Museum of Art. She’s also a former Kelly Strayhorn Theater artist-in-residence.

OHYUNG is an Asian American film composer & artist based in Brooklyn, NY. They scored the upcoming A24 film Problemista as well as Bruiser on Hulu. Their most recent record imagine naked! was one of NPR’s top 50 records of 2022 and described by Popmatters as “one of the most thoughtful, cathartic ambient records of the recent era."

Crit Night is co-presented with Ace Hotel Brooklyn.

This program is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and the National Endowment for the Arts.