The Center for Maine Contemporary Art, 21 Winter St., invites the public to join artist Eleanor Kipping for a performance in conjunction with her installation, “Strange Fruit,” on view in the CMCA Biennial. The performance will take place Sunday, Jan. 27, at 3 p.m. The event is included with admission.

Referencing pop culture iconography and American history, Kipping’s work addresses the black female experience, taking pause to reflect on sexuality, physicality and knowledge of The Other. Kipping encourages community engagement, asking viewers to examine intra/interracial terrains in their own lives and regions.

“Strange Fruit” serves as both installation and performance space. During the performance, the artist sits in the white rocking chair at the center of the installation. She mourns, celebrates and muses while humming, singing and reciting prose, lyrics, and notes from a small book. The book remains in the space for the audience to experience or recite from after the performance. The installation serves as an altar, a mythological ancestral plain or even a shrine.

Kipping received a Bachelor of Science from the New England School of Communication and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Maine.

CMCA admission is $8; $6 for those older than 64 and for students with ID; and free for children younger than 18 and for CMCA members. The CMCA Biennial is on view through March 3. Support for the Biennial is provided by First National Bank. For more information, visit

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