Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts


For Immediate Release
April 7, 2017

Contact: Davina Schrier, Communications Director / 402.341.7130 x13

                                           Cassils: Monument Push
                                             A Public Performance

OMAHA, Neb.–The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts is pleased to announce the world premiere of Cassils: Monument Push which will take place in Omaha on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 4:00–8:00 p.m. Current Bemis Center exhibiting artist, Cassils, along with community members, advocates and allies, will physically push a 1,300 pound bronze monument, Resilience Of The 20%, to sites of resistance and places where violence against marginalized peoples have occurred in downtown Omaha. This performance bookends their solo exhibition, Cassils: Phantom Revenant, which opened on February 2 with the internationally acclaimed performance Becoming An Image

Often deemed “flyover country” by “blue” coastal states, the world premiere of Monument Push in Omaha, Nebraska is a significant gesture. 

“For the Bemis Center, located in the heart of “red” America, to support my art under the current administration, shows solidarity and allyship with the LGBTQI+ community in a time when it is most needed," said Cassils. "It also showcases their commitment to supporting concept-driven art that also contains imaginative formal methods of inquiry.”

Cassils and the Bemis Center have worked in partnership with Greater Omaha community members and organizations to create this performance. Members of The City of Omaha; Omaha Police Department; Omaha Public Art Commission; Downtown Improvement District; Old Market Business Association; Omaha by Design; and LGBTQI+ community, along with allies and advocates, shared their experiences; identified locations of violence and resilience; and assisted with logistical and conceptual needs of the project. Throughout Monument Push, several of these partners will be sharing the stories and the realities specific to locations on the performance route.

This performance will conclude their exhibition, Cassils: Phantom Revenant, on view at Bemis Center through April 29, 2017. The exhibition and its title, Phantom Revenant, explores the radical unrepresentability of certain forms of trauma and violence. Cassils exposes these timely concerns through three works that challenge us to examine our various modes of participation in these repeated scenes of violence, as victims or instigators, as bystanders, as witnesses, as consumers of mass media. 

The performance will begin and end at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts at 724 S. 12th Street. This event is free and open to the public. 

About the artist
Cassils is from Montreal, Canada and is now based in Los Angeles. Their work uses the body in a sculptural fashion, integrating feminism, body art, and gay male aesthetics. Listed by the Huffington Post as “one of ten transgender artists who are changing the landscape of contemporary art,” Cassils has achieved international recognition for a rigorous engagement with the body as a form of social sculpture. FULL ARTIST BIO

Cassils uses plural gender-neutral pronouns (they, them, their) and asks that journalists do likewise when referring to them. This plurality reflects, through language, the position Cassils occupies as an artist. GLAAD Media Reference Guide on Transgender Issues

About the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
Founded in 1981, by artists for artists, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts supports today’s artists through an international artist-in-residence program, temporary exhibitions and commissions, and innovative public programs. Located in the historic Old Market district, the Bemis Center serves a critical role in the presentation and understanding of contemporary art, bridging the community of Omaha to a global discourse surrounding cultural production today.





Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
724 S. 12th Street
Omaha, NE 68102
Admission and Parking: FREE
Phone:: 402.341.7130