Aisha Cousins is a Brooklyn based artist. She writes performance art scores (do-it-yourself art projects) that engage black audiences from different backgrounds in exploring their ideas about beauty and processing the changes taking place in their worlds. Her interactive, public performance art scores have been performed on the streets of historically black neighborhoods from BedStuy to Brixton, as well as inside institutions such as the Museum Of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Houston’s Project Row Houses, and the internationally renown Kitchen. Her score “How to Listen to Lil Wayne: For Nia, Nya, and Kamaria” was recently exhibited at MoMA PS1 as a part of “Clifford Owens: Anthology” an abstract compendium of notable black performance artists. Cousins’ project “Story Skirts” was recently awarded a grant from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs via the Brooklyn Arts Council’s ReGrant program. In addition, her project “SAY IT LOUD!: Performance Art Scores for the Young, Gifted, and Fabulous” was recently awarded a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts. Cousins’ work has been featured on television and in print, including coverage in New York’s Daily News, The New York Times and The Studio Museum in Harlem’s Magazine.
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“With Anthology, [Clifford] Owens broadened his determination to write a substantial history of performance art by African-American artists… we can now add Glenn Ligon, Kara Walker, Jennie C. Jones, Aisha Cousins and Maren Hassinger to this history, at least for their contribution to Owen’s Anthology, with more to come.”