A Personal Perspective on Benjamin Patterson
After last week's Benjamin Patterson performance, I asked one of the fearless audience volunteers, Matthew D. Morrison--a Ph.D. Candidate in Historical Musicology at Columbia University--if he would share his experiences performing one of Patterson's scores from Methods and Processes, 1962. Being such a good sport, he said yes, and I am happy to share his reflections with you.
Performing with Benjamin Patterson
If you attended last night's unclassifiable performance/discussion with Benjamin Patterson and Valerie Cassell Oliver, you know exactly how fun it was. If you missed it, kick yourself now. It was my favorite type of public program, where you learn a lot and laugh even more! Mr. Patterson spoke charmingly and elequently about his amazing work and his many adventures--which would have been a great program in itself--and then challenged the entire audience to participate in perfoming some of his scores. And perfrom we did! In the next blog post, look for a first-person account by one of our brave soloists, Matthew D. Morrison, who will never think of a beet the same way again.
AIR Kamau Amu Patton Collaborates with ETW Students
Recently, I facilitated a workshop with the museum’s Expanding the Walls Youth Program. Totally fun! Thank you to all the students who participated. Gerald Leavell and I had a few conversations prior the workshop about what that afternoon could look like. After continued discussion about themes, we decided on “building creative communities” as the idea that would inform our activity. We presented the group with a variety of underground artists produced zines and videos from my collection. The discussion that followed focused on the power of such objects to voice the spirit of a creative community. Then, we made a zine!
Civil Rights-Era Photographs from Edmund Carpenter and Adelaide de Menil
This striking collection of photographs features images captured during the height of the radical changes brought on by the 1960s Civil Rights movement.
The Whole World Was Watching: Civil Rights-Era Photographs will be on view through September 25, 2011 at The Menil Collection in Houston, Texas.
Elizabeth Catlett's Forever Love
At the request of the artist, Ellen Sragow curated this wonderful exhibition, which brings together Catlett's iconic Sharecropper images, as well as other, rarely seen works.
Digame: Elizabeth Catlett's Forever Love will be on view through May 25 at the Neil L. and Angelica Zander Rudenstine Gallery, W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African-American Research, Harvard University.
Meet Me at the Center of the Earth
Organized by the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco this exhibition highlights Nick Cave's elaborate use of color, texture, movement and sound.
The Winter/Spring 2010-11 issue of Studio Magazine has arrived. Dubbed “The Conversation Issue”, this latest volume features a plethora of interviews with artists, curators and writers – Mark Bradford, Stephen Burks and Dr. Lowery Stokes Sims to name a few – in addition to Naomi Jackson’s book picks, a fiction piece by Dr. Amina Gautier, excerpts from recent publications, studio visits with contemporary artists and more! Pick up your copy at the Studio Museum today.
Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial at the Indianopolis Museum of Art
Organzied by Joanne Cubbs, the museum’s Adjunct Curator of American Art, this long overdue retrospective brings together many of Dial's assemblages, paintings, and drawings, and celebrates his extensive career.