Dana Davenport: Dana’s Beauty Supply

September 7 – October 19, 2021

Due to the process-based nature of the Session program, Dana’s Beauty Supply will undergo constant modifications; the features of this page provide accruing information on the project’s developments.


Events are subject to change

Dana’s Beauty Supply: Grand Opening

Friday Sep 10, 2021⋅ 6:00 – 9:00pm | 46 Washington Ave BK, NY 11205

Join us for the Session kickoff and Grand Opening of Dana’s Beauty Supply where guests can shop blow-out sale deals, celebrate, and relax. Registration is strongly encouraged. Visitors are invited to engage with the store on a first-come first-served basis—with a limited number of people admitted at a time.

Register Here

Online Korean Language Course 

Dana’s Beauty Supply is offering a 6-week free online Korean language course with Eve Talley, an experienced Korean language teacher with a BA in Korean Language and Culture.

Classes will be held online every Thursday, 6:30-7:30pm EST from Sept 23, 2021-Oct 28, 2021 (6 weeks). If you have any questions please contact: info@recessart.org

Registration Deadline: Sept 22, 2021

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Lynn’s Soap-Making Workshop

Wednesday, Oct 6th 2021, 6:30-8:00pm | Online + In-person

46 Washington Ave BK, NY 11205

Lynn, owner of FeelzReal Cosmetics, is offering a virtual soap-making workshop that you can follow along with at-home or in-person at Recess. Learn how to make decadent soaps utilizing all-natural ingredients. Recess is providing at-home kits that can be picked up at Recess. Open to all ages (children welcomed!)

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Dana’s Beauty Supply

Visiting Hours:

Thursday, 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday & Saturday, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

46 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Visitors (age 12+) must show proof of vaccination upon arrival to Recess. Please be prepared to check in at the front desk to show your proof of vaccination. Per the city guidelines, we accept the NYC Covid Safe App (Android and iOS), Excelsior Pass, CDC Vaccination Card (or photo), NYC Vaccination Record, or an official immunization record from outside NYC or the US.

Masks (age 2+) are required for all visitors.

Click here to reserve timed tickets.

Ongoing programming:

As a product overwhelmingly sold by Koreans to Black Americans, Black hair care and beauty supply stores have often served as both the site and object of tensions between Black and Korean communities and a marker of the white supremacist agenda to divide us. Dana’s Beauty Supply constructs an experimental beauty supply store and hair gel manufacturing lab, a model for what a Korean-owned beauty supply can exist as in our modern times

With fully-stocked inventory curated by Paris Beauty Supplyz, blowout sale prices, and proceeds being reinvested to support Black entrepreneurship, it reimagines the beauty supply as a space for critical dialogue, accountability, creativity, and community while servicing your beauty supply needs.

Dana Davenport’s Dana’s Beauty Supply is part of Recess’s program, Session, which invites artists to use Recess’s public platform to combine productive studio space with dynamic exhibition opportunities. Sessions remain open to the public from the first day of the artist’s project through the last, encouraging sustained dialogue between artists and audiences. Due to the process-based nature of Session, projects undergo constant revision and the above proposal is subject to change.

 About the Artist

Dana Davenport is a Korean and Black American interdisciplinary artist shifting between performance, sculpture, and video. Davenport earned a BFA in Photography from School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her work has been shown throughout the United States and internationally including Gibney Dance, New York, NY; Watermill Center, Water Mill, NY; NYU Skirball, New York, NY; BronxArtSpace, Bronx, NY; Brown University, Providence, RI; NARS Foundation, Brooklyn, NY; Cultural Center Recoleta, Buenos Aires, AR; Seventh Gallery, and Sydney, AUS, to name a few. Davenport is the 2018 Chashama ChaNorth fellowship recipient and has completed the 2017 SOHO20 Gallery AIR Program. She co-organized Free Space, month-long programming at Miranda Kuo Gallery in 2018.

Recess is supported, in part, by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; The National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council; The Horace Goldsmith Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; Art for Justice Fund, Art Matters, The Jill and Peter Kraus Foundation, The David Teiger Foundation, The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, The Cy Twombly Foundation, The Fox Aarons Foundation, The Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Blavatnik Family Foundation, The Luce Foundation, The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, Arison Arts Foundation, The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, The Richard Pousette-Dart Foundation, David Rockefeller Fund, Robert Lehman Foundation, The Destina Foundation, Pinkerton Foundation, ELMA Philanthropies, Laurie M Tisch Illumination Fund, The Salomon Foundation, The Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Prospect Hill Foundation, Powerhouse Environmental Arts Foundation, The Willem de Kooning Foundation, and The Tikkum Olam Foundation. In-kind support is provided by Materials for the Arts.