Fireflies II Performance

Curated by Melanie Fry


Liggett Studio 314 S. Kenosha Ave. 74120

$10, women only

Due to the recent situation with the Covid 19 virus pandemic, Liggett Studio has delayed the Fireflies Performance that was scheduled for the evening of March 28 to now take place (with optimism that this all will somehow come under control) on Saturday, May 9, starting at 7:30pm.   Any tickets purchased for March 28th will be honored on May 9th or refunded.  Keep safe and we'll all get through all of this!  Sorry for this inconvenience, but I feel that this is the prudent thing to do.

This is the second year for Fireflies, a visual and performing arts show honoring and showcasing women artists and performers over 55. The first year for Fireflies over thirty artists and twenty five performers were invited based on my knowledge of their work and their histories as artists and as women. We all have stories to tell, and after many seasons as mothers, artists, sisters, daughters, aunts, and grandmothers, our stories begin to intertwine with each other on many levels. The work represented in this exhibit shows where these artists are in this moment artistically, spiritually, socially, and personally.


The term "Fireflies" was selected to represent us because we are in the twilight of our lives -- but still shining and lighting the way for our sisters. 



Barbara Murn, Claudia Sanders, Deborah Hunter, Genie Reiman, Jan Simpson, Julie Tattershall, Kim Doner, Lisa Stefanic, Melanie Fry, Nancy Taylor Payne, Peggy Fry, Rena Cook, Sallie Godwin, Vivica Walkenbach

Benefactress: Sharon King Davis (Firefly Queen)

Artwork by Melanie Fry

!Women Art Revolution Screening


Date TBD

Liggett Studio

314 S Kenosha Ave, Tulsa

Suggested Donation: $10

An entertaining and revelatory "secret history" of Feminist Art, !Women Art Revolution that deftly illuminates this under-explored movement through conversations, observations, archival footage and works of visionary artists, historians, curators and critics. Starting from its roots in 1960s antiwar and civil rights protests. the film is by Lynn Hershman-Leeson who shot interviews with great artists and stars Miranda July, Yoko Ono, Marina Abramovic, Judy Chicago and many of the other great Feminist Women Artists who fought for their rights.

Sweet Tangled/ Sampled Romantic Lullabies

THIS EVENT WILL BE STREAMED LIVE at www.tulsaartistfellowship.org 


The performance will begin at 9:00pm on Saturday, June 6


During Tulsa Pride, Liggett Studio is proud to present a performance by Kalup Donte Linzy entitled "Sweet Tangled/ Sampled Romantic Lullabies". Kalup Linzy is a multi-disciplianary artist currently living and working in Tulsa with the Tulsa Artists Fellowship. His work is included in the public collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art (New York), The Whitney Museum of Art, and Studio Museum in Harlem.


Linzy has described his childhood and place of upbringing has thematically influential for his well-known video and performance work. For example, Linzy has produced a series of soap opera video works, and has described soap operas as having been a key social component for his family and community. He has said that shows such as Guiding Light were a part of daily life when he was growing up, and he often includes soap opera stereotypes in the characters and plot of his videos. His soap opera videos can be characterized by their low-tech quality, themes of community, socializing, family, the church, sexuality and homosexuality.

He would eventually explore sexuality, along with race, gender, stereotypes, and cultural identities, in his art. Linzy pushes the boundaries of gender in his work through dressing himself and other characters in drag, using pre-recorded voices or manipulating voice through video editing, and playing with different dialects. The soap opera character maps are extensive and he charts family trees and detailed personas to bring them to life. He also uses friends with little or no acting experience for some parts. In addition to video work, Linzy performs on stage, writes songs, and collaborates with other artists.


This performance is described by the artist in this way: This video/performance work will include a live band, Kalup will be  "performing music from previous albums as alter egos Taiwan Braswell and Kaye Braswell. The performance will open with Kaye and close with Taiwan.  Video interludes will be dispersed throughout."

This Project was created with support by Tulsa Artist Fellowship created by the George Kaiser Family Foundation.  Tulsa Artist Fellowship supports both local and national artists while enriching the Tulsa community.