Heather Renée Russ, Tidewrack, 2020-2023, Light refracted video projections through glass tanks, sculpture made from wig detritus, monoprints of wig parts, and overhead projections.

Death RIghts Opening Reception


Saturday, February 24, 2024, 4:00 pm

In conjunction with Death Rights

Join us for the opening of Death Rights, an apexart INTL Open Call exhibition, curated by Casey Smith.

Death Rights presents creators engaging with death, loss, remembrance, and the afterlife, from political, spiritual, and radical perspectives. “Death Rights” brings together a breadth of artists to radically reshape and reclaim our relationship to death.

From 5 - 7pm, tattoo artist Alex Longoria will be on-site performing Evan Paul English's tattooing installation Gathering. At 7pm Gabriel Chalfin-Piney will perform Daily Bread: Death Duck Salad with Emilio Alvarez, exploring how we join the systems and people we come in(to) contact with before and after loss through the performance of live music, meditation and the creation of a meal.

An independent curator and art historian, Marian Cassey's curatorial practice focuses on social engagement and building experimental approaches to historic narratives and spaces.She is especially driven to curate projects promoting LGBTQ+ artists and stories. Marian co-founded SXRVXVE, an interdisciplinary curatorial platform dedicated to creating and presenting projects and artists engaging with systems of power. SXRVXVE has since curated four projects across the U.S. and the U.K., working with over 90 artists from across the globe.

Gabriel Chalfin-Piney (they/them) is Chicago-based object maker and performer, with a background in cohort creation and public programming. World building, self taught spiritual and artistic practices, and multi-sensorial collaborative performance centers much their work. They have performed at the Dorsky Museum, Chicago Artists Coalition, and Whitney Museum of Art, among others.

Emilio Alvarez is a lifelong cellist and served as principal cellist of the Southwestern University and Trinity University Orchestras in San Antonio, Texas. Emilio has been known to perform with indigenous music groups, experimental free jazz bands, and classical ensembles on the same night. He performs with the South Texas Symphonic Orchestra and his compositions have been featured in multiple concerts and stage productions.

“Art has always been my place of peace. A sacred meditation, embedded by my working hands. Blessed by my ancestors, I been given the gift of tattoo medicine." -Alexander Longoria