A key element of “Julius Eastman: That Which is Fundamental” is an exhibition in two interwoven parts. “A Recollection.” approaches a historical exploration and remembrance of Julius Eastman as a master of artifice and features original and rarely seen archival material related to the composer's evolving practice, while “Predicated.” features 14 contemporary artists whose work—steeped in notions of absence, trace presence, duration, and the politics of exhaustion—both illuminates and is illuminated by Eastman's legacy. Curated by Tiona Nekkia McClodden and organized by Katy Dammers and Matthew Lyons of The Kitchen.
Julius Eastman the trickster. Julius Eastman the brother. Julius Eastman the son.
Julius Eastman the composer. Julius Eastman the provocateur. Julius Eastman the pianist.
Julius Eastman the painter. Julius Eastman the dancer. Julius Eastman the vocalist.
Julius Eastman the one who got away.
Did Julius want us to have a hold on his life, or did he want the residue of his life and work to remain as cunning as he was?
“A Recollection.” approaches a historical exploration and remembrance of Julius Eastman as a master of artifice. The audio, artifacts, and ephemera in this exhibition examine the music, literature, and choreography of Eastman’s life through the people who knew him best. The archive of Eastman that emerges after his death is fractured—partially by his own hand. Julius Eastman concentrated on the present, with little regard to the past and especially not the future during his life and often treated his work as ephemeral. The artifacts of his life remain spread among friends, family, lovers, resisting traditional forms of centralization under the roof of a single institution. Using this shape-shifting as a conceptual framework, "A Recollection." maps archival matter as a way of inviting viewers to discover new pieces and forge relationships between ephemera held by different informal archivists. "A Recollection." leans into the breaks and rests there for a moment, considering what is present and said, as well as absent and unsaid. Celebrating Eastman, a master of artifice engaged in a range of improvisation gestures, "A Recollection." explores truth, fact, and the liminal and is ultimately an invitation to look at remains and imagine what remains to be seen.
“Predicated.”—an exhibition in conversation with the work of Julius Eastman—explores notions of absence, trace presence, duration, and the politics of exhaustion. The exhibition examines the interplay between composition and improvisation through video, sculpture, and photography. Featuring the work of fourteen contemporary artists, "Predicated." considers Eastman’s lived experience as an experimental artist during his time as a member of the Creative Associates, during his time living in New York’s Lower East Side and his many performances at The Kitchen. Mapping the relationships between Eastman's practice and the present workings of fourteen contemporary artists, this interdependent installation space articulates narratives about both art objects, and the methods of their production. These works examine absence as a foundational concept highlighting the unavailable body, the missing trace, improvisation, and the evasion of presence within the distanced narrative. Artists presenting work in this exhibition include: Ash Arder, Beau Rhee, Carolyn Lazard, Chloë Bass, Courtney Bryan, James Maurelle, Jonathan Gardenhire, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Raúl Romero, Shawné Michaelain Holloway, Sondra Perry, Texas Isaiah, Wayson Jones, and Yulan Grant.
January 19–February 10
Exhibition Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 11am–6pm
Opening Reception: January 19, 6–8pm
ARTIST ACTIVATIONS + CURATOR TALK
January 26, 2018
The text of A Glossary of Proximity Verbs can be read in either of two ways: as a linear narrative; or like the childhood game Memory: as a series of paired cards waiting to be uncovered and linked. Each pair consists of a single verb (follow, sidle, prick, or crave, for four examples), and a short story inspired by or containing that verb. For the activation of A Glossary of Proximity Verbs, Chloë Bass will play Memory with the audience, reading the story in the order of the verbs each audience member uncovers. This brings new light to the work as a series of fragments with surprise poetics emerging from new and random proximities.
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Kameelah Janan Rasheed
February 1, 2018
Rasheed will make modifications to her installation (Unto Itself, Activation III) through during a structured improvisation set lasting 25 minutes, the approximate length of his 1973 "Stay On It."
February 9, 2018
The Tape Operator monitors and cues up the tape for playback. In this case, they are also maintaining the status quo for the tape loop. Both the recording machine and tape are old and deteriorating. Each time the loop is played, it disintegrates a little, leaving bits of iron oxide dust behind as residue builds up on the tape heads and rollers. Over time as the loop repeats the sound composition changes subtlety. At any moment, the circuits inside the machine or movement of the tape alter the sound we hear. Static, machine noise, and tape noise mix into the soundscape providing additional layers to the composition.
Gallery Walk Through with Curator Tiona Nekkia McClodden
February 10, 2018
McClodden will lead a walk-through of exhibitions A Recollection. and Predicated. with an emphasis on how the selection of works and ephemera on view relate to Eastman’s body of work and unfolding legacy.
The exhibition is part of “Julius Eastman: That Which is Fundamental,”curated by Tiona Nekkia McClodden and Dustin Hurt, organized by The Kitchen with the Eastman Estate and Bowerbird.
This exhibition is made possible with the generous support of Robert D. Bielecki Foundation, Paula Cooper, Rebecca & Martin Eisenberg, and Agnes Gund; endowment support from Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust; annual grants from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Amphion Foundation, Inc., The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc., Howard Gilman Foundation, and The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation; and in part by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Original support for “That Which is Fundamental” was provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Philadelphia.
Image: Sondra Perry, Double Quadruple Etcetera Etcetera I & II, 2013.
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