Whoop Dee Doo
Whoop Dee Doo
Residency period: October 2012
Whoop Dee Doo is a non-profit organization that works closely with underserved youth, adolescents and adults through workshops, community collaborations and live variety shows. Through their programming, Whoop Dee Doo strives to not only break down stereotypes and barriers between age, gender, culture and sub-culture, but to form and foster unique collaborations between unlikely pairings of community members that ultimately blossom into exceptional and meaningful interactions. Through workshops, Whoop Dee Doo creates a wholesome environment for creative expression outside the boundaries of a classroom or museum, teaching children that art is a safe and appropriate outlet for feelings that may be difficult to articulate. Through their community programming, Whoop Dee Doo collaborates with performers and artists of all backgrounds and specialties- from science teachers and Celtic bagpipers to traditional clogging troupes, West African dance teams, Tibetan throat singers, bodybuilders, barbershop quartets, and Chicano punk bands. This chaotic mix creates an unexpected and endearing experience, and invites a cross-generational and cross-cultural dialogue.
Whoop Dee Doo has created commissioned projects for organizations including the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Omaha), Deitch Projects (New York), the Smart Museum (Chicago), The Kemper Museum for Contemporary Arts (Kansas City), Loyal Gallery (Sweden), the Time-Based Arts Festival/Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (Portland, OR), the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (Philadelphia, PA), and City Arts/Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore, MD).
Whoop Dee Doo has been featured in New York publications including Artforum, The Wild Magazine, Interview, SPIN, Nylon, and Rhizome.org – the New Museum blog, as well as Foam International Photography Magazine (Amsterdam), The End Magazine (Milan), Kinki (Zurich), Sydsvenskan (Malmo), Art Lies (Houston), the Miami New Times (Miami), City Paper and Baltimore Magazine (Baltimore, MD) among others.