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Kalup Linzy is an American video and performance artist. Born in Stuckey, Florida, Linzy received their MFA from the University of South Florida and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Linzy has been the recipient of numerous awards including a grant from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship, Creative Capital Foundation grant, a Jerome Foundation Fellowship, an Art Matters Grant, The Headlands Center for the Arts Alumni Awards Residency, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Film and Video, and currently is a Tulsa Artist Fellow.

Linzy's best-known work is a series of politically-charged videos that satirize the conventions of the television soap opera. Their work has been included in the exhibitions Frequency at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Prospect.1 New Orleans, 30 Americans, Rubell Family Collection, MoMA PS1 Greater New York, At Home/Not At Home: Works from the Collection of Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg, Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College. Linzy's work is in the public collections at The Studio Museum in Harlem, Whitney Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. In summer 2010, Linzy appeared on the long-running ABC soap opera General Hospital alongside James Franco in a storyline that incorporated performance art. Currently, Linzy is a Tulsa Artist Fellow, and is represented by David Castillo Gallery in Miami Beach, Florida.


Conversations Wit De Churen VIII: Notes From a Limerent (2010)

An author falls in love with his friend and uses witchcraft in a pursuit to win his friend’s heart.  Written and directed by Kalup Linzy.  Cast:  Kalup Linzy, Leo Fitzpatrick, Humberto Petit, Maya Nettles, and Zakary Sandler.  Performances by Bry’Nt, Jesse O, and Last Offence.

Paula Sungstrong Legend Recordings (2020)

Multi-disciplinary Tulsa Artist Fellow, Kalup Linzy, is a person of many talents and skills. From acting and character performance to singing and creating music to visual artistry and beyond, Kalup has an impressive repertoire of various artistries and accomplishments under their belt.

Musically, Kalup has in the past touched on many different styles and genres. From electronic styled audio and visual collaborations with actor James Franco to solo experimental, future music. With Kalup Linzy's character, Paula Sungstrong, though, we see them delving into the musical regions of blues and jazz with crooning vocals and classic retro-sounding riffs and accompaniment. One can't help but be transported to an earlier era through the songs of the Paula Sungstrong Legend Recordings.

"Paula Sungstrong (1923-2012) is one of the latest additions to my fictitious Queen Rose family tree. Her career as an entertainer began in 1937 at the tender age of 14 and spanned five and a half decades before her retirement in 2004. This release marks the first from her estate, which is managed by her granddaughter, curator, and art consultant, Breena Cowill" - Kalup Linzy on Paula Sungstrong Legend Recordings

Sweet Sampled LeftOva Loner (2020) 

As his alter egos Taiwan Braswell and Kaye Braswell, Linzy will perform original songs from his catalogue with a few covers thrown in. Due to COVID19, the performance will be pre-recorded, then shared in this World Premiere event at the 2020 New Orleans Film Festival. Sweet Sampled LeftOva Loner was commissioned by New Orleans Film Festival 2020 with generous support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.


An author falls in love with his friend and uses witchcraft in a pursuit to win his friend’s heart.

Performances by Bry’Nt, Jesse O, and Last Offence.

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    Kalup Linzy, Leo Fitzpatrick, Humberto Petit, Maya Nettles, and Zakary Sandler