Museum After Hours

Electric Boogie Too Workshop

Event Information
The Rotunda
Historic Landmark Building
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Lori Waselchuk
Photo of at least 14 people, most appear to be in their 20s,  wearing casual clothes dancing in a room with wooden floors.

The Electric Boogie Too is a two-hour workshop created by artist/designer Petra Floyd in which participants think through their relationships with social hierarchies and systems of power while learning how to do the Electric Slide. Floyd explores music and dance as social technologies for orienting ourselves in unknowable spaces/times in a joyful experience inviting participants to dance together in PAFA's Rotunda, where Saya Woolfalk's installation, We Emerge at the Sunset of Your Ideology, is on view. 

Head and shoulders bio photo of Petra Floyd, a brown-skinned person with short-cropped hair and wearing blue lipstick, long wooden earrings, and a white baseball cap.

Petra Floyd received a BA in Studio Art from Swarthmore College in 2012. They earned an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University's School of Art in 2022, where they received a Lea Simonds graduate fellowship, project funding from The Frank-Ratchye Fund for Art@ the Frontier, and the inaugural Ken Meyer Professional Studio Development award. Petra is a BLK ART LAB artist-in-residence at Pittsburgh's Protohaven makerspace and a member of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council's Black Arts Action Committee. They are a 2022-2023 recipient of The Pittsburgh Foundation's Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh and the Heinz Endowments' Creative Development awards. They have been a Freshworks artist at Kelly Strayhorn Theater (2021), a resident artist at 40th Street Artist-in-Residence Program (2016- 2017), a Fob Holder at Second State Press (2016), and a Post-college Apprentice at The Fabric Workshop and Museum (2014).

Petra Floyd {she/they} is a queer first­ generation Liberian-American multidisciplinary artist and designer raised by working-class immigrants in Philadelphia, and she lives and works in Pittsburgh. Petra makes whatever she wants, however she wants, ideally making herself laugh throughout the process. Petra values improvised, devised, and collaborative modes of making and thinking. She links up with other instigator-activators to craft small moments and performances using close-at­hand materials and resources. Petra dreams about group movement and gameplay spaces for self-reflection and expansion. She makes sounds, videos, drawings, and performances happen, with feeling.