No Longer Showing.
"he looked up at me and had the most intense, aggressive face... it looks like a demon.”
M. Lamar’s new composition (for male soprano, piano, and projections) is in part inspired by the grand jury testimony of Darren Wilson (the white police officer who murdered unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.) The Demon Rising embraces and incarnates white fantasies of blackness as oversized, superhuman, a supernatural menace. At the same time, it charts the black subject's psychic and mythic odyssey from dehumanizing rituals of death toward a self-made re-membering. M. Lamar sings, “trying to put ourselves back together we’re in pieces.” From these pieces, Lamar imagines a new subject emerging.
Piano and Voice: M. Lamar
Music composed by M. Lamar
Libretto by M. Lamar and Tucker Culbertson
Art Direction and projection by Sabin Michael Calvert
November 5, 8pm
Please note that Sondra Perry's solo exhibition Resident: Evil will be open ahead of the performance from 7:30–8pm in the gallery on the second floor.
M. Lamar: The Demon Rising is organized by Matthew Lyons and Ikechukwu Onyewuenyi in conjunction with the exhibition Sondra Perry: Resident Evil and is made possible with endowment support from Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, annual grants from The Amphion Foundation, Inc., The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, 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.
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