On the evening of Friday, April 28, Cassandra Davis organized a performance for the opening of the 2017 MFA Show titled Whose Good Old Days? With bales of hay and bunting flags leeched of color, Davis reimagined the parades she grew up seeing in her rural Illinois town—a tradition with KKK roots—as a celebration of people of color and queerness. That evening performers reclined on bales of hay in a tableau vivant which was punctuated by cries of Black Lives Matter slogans. They periodically paraded in full marching band regalia through through the galleries distributing fliers declaring “NO,” a statement of protest and empowerment.
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