Danielle Abrams is a performance artist who has exhibited her work throughout New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and for international audiences. Some of the spaces she’s performed at include Detroit Institute of the Arts, Jewish Museum, Bronx Museum of the Arts, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Queens Museum, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Roger Smith Hotel, The Kitchen, Dixon Place, ABC No Rio, 848 Community Space, and WOW Café Theater. Her work has been supported by the New York Foundation of the Arts, Franklin Furnace, Urban Artist Initiative, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and College Art Association.
Currently, Abrams is developing a performance and archive that sheds light on the once segregated “Lincoln Beach” (1954-1963) in New Orleans, LA. Amidst the media’s reminiscences summoned by New Orleans’ 300th anniversary, critical reflections about Lincoln Beach are obfuscated by recalling the larger and better-equipped “whites only” Pontchartrain Beach Amusement Park. Abrams is conducting interviews with former Lincoln Beach patrons, and building a research form that can be donated to the African-American elders of New Orleans. Abrams’ project gathers stories from African-Americans about segregation, frustration and heartache but also provides the legacy of joy, kinship, resistance and survival.