NADA Curated by Daonne Huff

Like a child
or I go on the playground swings when no one’s around
or giggle is such an embodied word (For Eloise Greenfield)

This is a selfish prompt.

When was the last time you played without self-consciousness without eyes on the prize without a never-ending list of to-do’s gnawing in the backs of your mind without the little voice saying there’s a right and wrong way to do this? Where were you? What were you doing? How old were you? Much has been written on healing the inner child. To repair the damage, to break the coping / defense mechanisms that protected the child but hold back the adult. For now, let’s re- direct the trauma centered narrative in favor of a focus on the light that our inner child provides. 

Primitive, outsider, self-taught, visionary, folk artists are sometimes described as having a child- like quality to their work. What does that mean? Where does it come from? An intentional and confident hand? A distinctive aesthetic? A creative vision that is uniquely theirs? That they create with a freedom, a sincerity, led by emotion, feeling, impulse, rather than logic, reason, strategy? 

Can we blur? 

It’s been a particularly weighted and trying three years. But this is a request to set the weights to the side for a moment and consider, what would happen if I was guided by my child self for a period of unrestricted play? 

I want you to play with wild silly carefree euphoric abandon. To let go for no other purpose but for the potential joy, release or glorious accumulation of much needed endorphins.

–Daonne Huff, Director of Public Programs & Community Engagement at The Studio Museum

Daonne Huff is an arts administrator, performance centered artist, curator and poet who was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. She is Director, Public Programs & Community Engagement at The Studio Museum in Harlem. 

For more than 15 years, she has worked with institutions and organizations including the Department of Art & Design, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University; Groundswell; The Bronx Museum of the Arts; The Laundromat Project and the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership. She holds a BA in Art History from Vassar College and an MA in Visual Arts Administration with a Non-Profit concentration from New York University.  

Throughout her professional career, Daonne has focused on working with non-profit arts organizations dedicated to increasing arts' accessibility to a wider, more diversified audience and advocating for the support and necessity of creative expression and arts education within society at large. 

Having devoted the bulk of her adult life to arts administration, Daonne has found her way back to her own artistic practice. She has performed and exhibited at venues including BLDG 92, FiveMyles, JACK, Rutgers University, Welancora Gallery, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.