Brendan Fernandes: Inaction

Wednesday, October 2 – Sunday, December 8, 2019
Opening Reception: Wednesday, October 2, 2019 from 4:30pm to 6pm; performance with Brendan Fernandes and Charles Gowin at 5pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery

is a new sculptural and performance-based installation by Brendan Fernandes. The exhibition consists of sculptural elements, platforms, a large carpet, and a single channel video projection, Free Fall: For Camera. Working in collaboration with the architecture and design firm Norman Kelley, he designed mobile dance supports and platforms for activation by the audience and dancers in Gender Neutral costumes by Rad Hourani. In public performances throughout the exhibition, his choreography guides dancers to interact with the minimalist, sculptural installations giving them agency to rearrange the sculptures–allowing new spaces in which to create movements.

The exhibition will be closed from Friday, October 18 through Wednesday, October 23, 2019; on Sunday, October 27, 2019; and Monday, November 25 through Monday, December 2, 2019.


Inaction Performances
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 5pm with Brendan Fernandes and Charles Gowin
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 5pm with Charles Gowin
Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 10pm with Brendan Fernandes (Inaction Dance Party - see below)
Monday, October 28, 2019 at 12:15pm with Brendan Fernandes (with Artist Talk by Brendan Fernandes)
Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 2pm with Charles Gowin
Friday, November 8, 2019 at 5pm
Thursday December 5, 2019 at 5pm with Charles Gowin [This performance has been canceled.]

Students from Wesleyan's Dance Department perform; selected performances include Brendan Fernandes and Charles Gowin as noted above.

Inaction Dance Party
Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 10pm

Part performance, part dance party, the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery transforms into a night club in this event choreographed by artist Brendan Fernandes. The party continues his examinations of dancing as a site and act of liberation and resistance through queer communities. This special performance features students from Wesleyan’s Dance Department and live music. All are welcome to watch, dance, and create.

Thomas Kelley
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 4:30pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Room 202

A talk by Thomas Kelley, part of Norman Kelley, the architecture firm that collaborated with Brendan Fernandes for Inaction at Wesleyan, as well as installations at the Whitney Biennial and the Graham Foundation.

Guided Exhibition Tours
Saturdays, October 5 through December 7, 2019 at 1pm
No tours on Saturday, October 19 or Saturday, November 30, 2019

Take a closer look at Brendan Fernandes: Inaction by joining a 45-minute tour, led by Wesleyan University gallery guides. Tours begin in the lobby of the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery. Public guided tours are for individuals and small groups up to ten people. Larger group visits can be arranged by emailing

Listen to a conversation with artist Brendan Fernandes, Associate Director of Visual Arts Benjamin Chaffee, and Exhibitions Manager Rosemary Lennox about the sculptural and performance-based installation "Inaction," created in collaboration with the architecture and design firm Norman Kelley, and interdisciplinary artist Rad Hourani, on the Center for the Arts Radio Hour podcast on Soundcloud:

Benjamin Chaffee, Associate Director of Visual Arts
Gallery Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, Noon–5pm
Thursday, Noon–7pm
Friday through Sunday, Noon–5pm