Danielle Abrams works across a range of performative forms: monologue, solo performance, experimental plays, puppetry, public interventions, and the embodiment of family members and figures from popular entertainment and art history. Her performances have been activated in contexts that include museums, performance spaces, theaters, conferences, festivals, and intimate sites. Abrams is white, Jewish and African American, with skin that some would say is “light enough to pass.” Her indeterminate black identity positions her as a witness to others’ “performances” of racism. The absurdity and pain of discrimination has produced an inquiry, which is the bedrock of Abrams’ research and practice.
Danielle Abrams has exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), ICA Boston, Queens Museum, Bronx Museum of Art, The Jewish Museum, Detroit Institute of the Arts, Art Gallery of Windsor (ONT), Labotanica at Project Row Houses (Houston), The Geborgen Kamers Gallery in the Netherlands, and in NYC performance spaces including WOW Performance Café, Panoply Performance Laboratory, and Dixon Place.
Abrams received her MFA from the University of California, Irvine. She attended artists’ residencies at the Yale School of Painting and at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She has received awards from the New York Foundation of the Arts, the Franklin Furnace, and Urban Artists’ Initiative. She is a Professor of Practice in Performance and Graduate Faculty at School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University.