A one-night performance by Hayley Morgenstern and Creighton Baxter
6:00-8:00pm Saturday, February 15th, 2014
Howard Art Project
1486 Dorchester Avenue, 2nd Floor, Dorchester, MA 02122
The live performances of It Might Get Better become sites of critical reflections, potentialities, and questions about identification and abjection with a haunted pop sweetness. Lived experiences, collisions of materials, and research produces voluptuous, plausibly problematic, and complicated images relating to loss, mourning, and survival. The refusal to conclude, summarize, or make sense of loss/trauma is perpetuated through the obsessional modalities of performing and documenting It Might Get Better.
Our performances of selected songs seek not to mimic or impersonate the artists who made them but to explicate what José Esteban Muñoz describes in Cruising Utopia as “…not so much a failure to succeed as it is a failure to participate in a system of valuation that is predicated on exploitation and conformity.” This queer failure “is a failure that is more nearly a refusal or an escape.” Screaming their lyrics while performing a loose choreography of poses and gestures taken from music videos, drag performances, and our own past performances, we seek to a trigger a queer modality of survival that doesn’t erase or negate the past but reengages with it, searching for kernels of utopian potential.
-Morgenstern and Baxter
It Might Get Better, Selected Biography
Hayley Morgenstern and Creighton Baxter received their Bachelor’s Degrees in Fine Arts from Tufts University in conjunction with The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 2012. Their most recent project,It Might Get Better started in the winter of 2011 through a mutual interest in interdisciplinary performance practices that cross through fields of intellectual and creative discourses including queer and feminist theory, performance studies and art history. Throughout the last year Morgenstern and Baxter have exhibited their collaborative and individual works nationally and internationally, including events and exhibitions at Anthony Greaney (Boston), Lumen Festival (New York), Hillyer Art Space (Washington D.C.) and Golden Thread Gallery (Belfast).