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April 24, 2015

Visual Artists’ Films Paired With Live Music Performances Starts April 29

David Rubenstein Atrium

Date: April 17, 2015

Lincoln Center Press Contact:  Kate Merlino





Acclaimed Artist Yinka Shonibare and Chop and Quench “The Fela! Band” Open Series


Free to the Public at the David Rubenstein Atrium


April 27, 2015 - Lincoln Center is presenting a series of four evenings that showcase films made by prominent visual artists paired with live music performances. Each of these presentations will include an illuminating discussion highlighting the relationship between visual art and music and how both uniquely bring attention to the important social issues of our times.


Wednesday, April  29

7:30 pm – Conversation with Dr. Christa Clarke, Senior Curator of Arts of Global Africa at Newark Museum, and Rich

                Blint, Ph.D., Adjunct Asst. Professor in African-American Studies at Columbia University.
8:00 pm – Screening of Un Ballo in Maschera by Yinka Shonibare
Following the film – Live performance by Chop and Quench


Well known for his exploration of colonialism and globalization through various media types, London-based and Nigeria-raised artist Yinka Shonibare’s work explores issues of colonialism alongside those of race and class, through the media of painting, sculpture, photography, film and performance. Using this wide range of media, Shonibare examines identity and tangled interrelationship between Africa and Europe, and he asks what constitutes our collective contemporary identity today.


As described in the New York Times, Shonibare’s film “Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball)” takes its title, and story line, from the Verdi opera about the assassination of King Carl Gustav III of Sweden. But it’s really an unlikely marriage of a BBC costume drama and a French New Wave film, with Mr. Shonibare’s luscious fabrics as the star. Skirts rustle and capes swish as the characters perform elaborately choreographed dances and exchange meaningful gazes from behind Venetian masks.”


Shonibare’s film will be presented in conjunction with Chop and Quench “The Fela! Band” composed of members of the cast and band from the Tony award winning Broadway musical Fela!. Known for their straightforward performances of Fela Kuti compositions, the band has branched out, bringing their own original music to the stage.  Leading the evening on the 29th will be a conversation discussing the alliance of visual art and music moderated by Dr. Christa Clarke, Senior Curator of Arts of Global Africa at Newark Museum, and Dr. Rich Blint of Columbia University’s Masters program in African-American Studies.


Thursday, June 4

7:30 pm – Moderated conversation

8:00 pm – Screening of My Education: A Portrait of David Hilliard by Adam Pendleton

Following the film – Performance by Jason Moran, Artistic Director of Jazz at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts


Adam Pendleton is a conceptual artist who works in the mediums of painting, publishing, collage, video, and performance.  His work centers on an engagement with language, in both the figurative and literal senses. The subject of his film being shown, David Hilliard, was a founding member and former chief of staff of the Black Panther Party.  The film focuses on the fatal gun battle between police, Black Panthers, and black youth in Oakland, CA two days after Martin Luther King’s assassination, as witnessed and recalled by Hilliard.


Jazz pianist and Blue Note Records recording artist Jason Moran is a risk-taker and jazz innovator.  He has been described as “the future of jazz,” and Rolling Stone calls him “the most provocative thinker in current jazz.” His work has been influenced by edgy 20th century painters including Jean-Michel Basquiat and Robert Rauschenberg, and he also has ongoing collaborations in the visual art world, with both MoMA and the Whitney Museum including his music in their collections.


Thursday, June 11

7:30 pm – Conversation moderated by Warrington Hudlin with Rashid Johnson and Melvin Van Peebles

8:00 pm – Screening of The New Black Yoga by Rashid Johnson

Following the film – Music performance by Melvin Van Peebles and his band, Menage A Trois


Rashid Johnson’s work explores the complexities and contradictions of black identity. He challenges stereotypical ways of thinking about the black experience, and he emphasizes its plurality.  The New Black Yoga is a short film that depicts a group of five young African-American men in a sublime natural setting performing a series of choreographed movements that are in turn balletic, athletic, and martial. It was inspired by Johnson’s attempt to take a yoga class in a foreign country.


Filmmaker, Broadway producer, composer, author and recording artist Melvin Van Peebles is best known for his game-changing film, Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song. Sweet Sweetback is on the list of Variety’s all-time top-grossing films. The film, which Melvin wrote, directed, produced, scored, and starred in, was the first self-affirming film in African-American cinema.  It combined street sensibility, avant-garde imagery, and black political militancy and was considered revolutionary for both its political and sexual content.  Van Peebles’ current music group plays blues, jazz, and rhythm & blues.


Warrington Hudlin is a veteran producer of motion pictures, television, and online content.  He produced the black films House Party, Boomerang, and Bebe Kids, among others. He is the founding president of the Black Filmmaker Foundation (BFF) and vice chairman of the board of trustees of the Museum of the Moving Image.


Wednesday, June 24

7:30 – Conversation moderated by RoseLee Goldberg

8:00 pm – Screening of selected animations by Robin Rhode

After the screening – Music performance by Val Jeanty


The award-wining, post-apartheid South African artist Robin Rhode uses visual languages that range from photography and performance to drawing and sculpture.  The influence of pop culture and colorful street murals in his native Johannesburg inspire a street-based aesthetic to his work, and he uses high and low art forms to make images that are playful yet with an underpinning of danger and risk.  Rhode was recently commissioned by Lincoln Center’s Vera List Art Project to create a limited edition photograph entitled Wall of Water (2015).


Haitian electronic music composer/percussionist/turntablist Val Jeanty evokes the musical realms of the creative subconscious. She incorporates her African-Haitian musical traditions into the present and beyond, combining acoustics with electronics and the archaic with the post-modern. Her "Afro-Electronica" installations have been showcased in New York at the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Village Vanguard and internationally at SaalFelden Music Festival in Austria, Stanser Musiktage in Switzerland, Jazz à la Villette in France, and the Biennale Di Venezia Museum in Italy.


RoseLee Goldberg is an art historian, author, critic and curator. In 2004, Goldberg founded PERFORMA, a non-profit multi-disciplinary arts organization for the research, development, and presentation of 21st Century visual art performance.  Throughout her career, Goldberg has established new models for exhibiting modern and contemporary performance and organized exhibitions. As curator at the Kitchen in New York, she presented works by Laurie Anderson, Phillip Glass, and Meredith Monk, and curated the first solo exhibitions of Robert Longo, David Salle, and Cindy Sherman. Goldberg has created performance series for the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum, and is a frequent contributor to Artforum.


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