Convocation with Jerron Herman

19 January 2024

Fri, January 19, 2024 • 10:50am – 11:50am (1h) • Skinner Memorial Chapel

Jerron Herman is a dancer and writer who is compelled to create images of freedom. His process is supported by personal histories and social legacies of disability aesthetics that undermine notions of production in favor of welcoming.

The nuanced pieces Herman exhibits contend with an early childhood desire to create many worlds in which others inhabit. He has premiered works at Danspace Project, Performance Space New York, The REACH (excerpt), and The Whitney Museum. Jerron’s most recent work VITRUVIAN premiered in May 2022 and has toured to the Baltimore Museum of Art curated by Johns Hopkins University and ODC in San Francisco. From 2019-2020 he curated the speaking series Access Check 2.0: Mapping Accessibility for the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation and Discourse: Disabled Artists at The Joyce for The Joyce Theater in 2021. Jerron has also served on the Board of Trustees at Dance/USA since 2017, most recently as Vice Chair. His writings on arts and culture have been published in the US and abroad and his play, 3 Bodies, was published in Theater Magazine’s June 2022 issue.

Jerron is also the choreographer and co-director of Sensorium Ex, a new opera. As a model and advocate, Jerron has worked with HIMS, Rothy’s, Tommy Hilfiger, Cerebral Palsy Foundation, Samsung x i-D, and Nike. Other accolades include Spring 2022 Georgetown Artist/Scholar-in Residence, 2021 Grants to Artists Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and a 2021- 2022 Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship in Dance from the Jerome Foundation; the 2021 PETRONIO Award and residency and a 2020 Disability Futures Fellowship by the Ford Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Jerron Herman’s convocation talk coincides with the Perlman Teaching Museum’s exhibition Towards A Warm Embrace by artists Ezra Benus and Finnegan Shannon. Open January 11–April 14, 2024, the exhibition explores disability justice and accessibility practice with the underlying premise that access is something everyone has a responsibility towards.