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Rudy Gerson (b. 1993, Las Vegas, NV, USA) is an artist who uses print, moving image, and performance to propose expanded possibilities of a hybridized Jewish approach to questions of race, secularity, sexuality and memory culture. Rooted in a working method identified as “critical nostalgia,” Gerson attends to the non-narrative, sensuous aspects of historical inquiry and its limits by employing the scrap as a recurring motif. In recent work, the scrap was realized across mediums — as an ambivalent flag and flagpole, as fabricated documents, as a fragmented film. This is a practice of speculation, inviting generous viewership, where information is dislodged from its intended use.

Alongside a studio practice, Gerson has collaborated with artists and performers for stage and exhibition, having had work at Abrons Arts Center (2019, Jonathan González; 2022, Slauson Malone), LMCC's River-to-River festival (2022, Jonathan González), BRIC (2022, Jonathan González) and has performed for Tania Bruguera (2018) and Julie Tolentino (2023). Rudy studied Comparative Literature and Anthropology at Cornell University (B.A.) and holds an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. Rudy is a Philadelphia Fellow with the 2023 Flaherty Seminar and an Azrieli Scholarship recipient for KlezKanada 2023.

Selected writing:

A Sourcebook for Performance Labor
Routledge, Joey Orr, 2023

Transposing Diasporas: Interveiw with David Hartt
PRTCLS, 2021

Critical Correspondance: EmmaGrace Skove-Epes and Jonathan González
Movement Research, 2019