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Oh my gosh, I don't even know how many huge boxes of flowers …It was probably the largest, most difficult installation that we've done.

Brad Johnson, Exhibition Designer at the Nasher Museum

About this Podcast

Welcome to the Nasher Museum Podcast! This episode features artist and textile preservation specialist Stacey L. Kirby, who lives and works in Durham and is a member of the Nasher Museum Friends Board. She is in conversation with Exhibition Designer Brad Johnson, who has been with the Nasher Museum since before it opened in 2005.

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About Stacey and Brad

From the artist’s website:
Stacey L. Kirby is a queer, white-bodied, self-appointed civil servant from North Carolina who creates socially-engaged interactive performance art. Her performative interactions set within site-specific installations utilize bureaucratic forms, postures and language in vintage office environments to engage participants and community performers in questions around civil authority. Through humor and satire, Kirby reinvents the bureaucratic process in alternative, private and public spaces to elicit diverse dialogue about identity, community and human rights in the United States. Developed over the past 20 years, in more than 200 performances, with over 300 community performers and 10,000 participants, Kirby’s work evolves with the physical and historical setting, political climate and participants’ involvement at each location.

I think it's just an important time to be developing a new level of awareness around our whiteness. And sitting in any discomfort that emerges from these reflections or from feedback that we get. I haven't always received that with an open mind in my past. I am really working on that and trying to collaborate with others that reflect those things back at me.

Stacey L. Kirby

Podcast Transcript

Stacey L. Kirby
Hi, everyone. Welcome to the Nasher Museum Podcast. I’m Stacey Kirby, I’m a performance and installation artist based in Durham, North Carolina. I’m happy that you are joining us for this podcast today. I’m sitting here in the virtual world with Brad Johnson. He’s the exhibition designer at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.  Hi, Brad thanks for being here. It’s nice to see and hear you. It’s great!

Brad Johnson
Thank you, Stacey. It’s nice to see you.

Nasher Podcast Team

J Caldwell, staff photographer, videographer, social media manager, Nasher Museum

Wendy Hower, director of engagement & marketing, Nasher Museum

Jayah Gomez, North Carolina Central University Class of 2024, marketing intern, Nasher Museum

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