Modern Mondays: An Evening with Kamau Amu Patton
Where: Museum of Modern Art
11 W. 53rd St.
212-708-9400 Price: $12
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Kamau Amu Patton is an interdisciplinary artist whose work engages with archives, documents, stories, and sites. On March 2, 2013, under the auspices of the Lone Wolf Recital Corps, along with Terry Adkins (1953-2014) and Blanche Bruce, Patton performed Amun (The Unseen Legends), described in the event’s announcement as “an immersive improvisational experience in sound and light” in which the artists “explore passages through mercurial windows of appearance and invisibility.” The recital featured a projection of Patton’s 2010 abstract film Theory of Colors, as well as improvisational sound. On the occasion of Projects 107: Lone Wolf Recital Corps Kamau Amu Patton re-stages Amun (The Unseen Legends), performing live electroacoustic improvisation to Theory of Colors accompanied by a digitally scrubbed recording of the 2013 recital in which only Adkins’s musical parts remain.
The program will commence with a screening of documentation of Patton’s 2008 performance Proliferation of Concept/Accident Tolerant, a precursor to Theory of Colors. The screening and performance will be followed by a conversation between the artist and Akili Tommasino, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Painting and Sculpture.
Organized by the Department of Film and the Department of Media and Performance Art.
The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2
Building upon the Museum’s eight-decade tradition of fostering cinematic innovation and experimentation, Modern Mondays invites artists working in the expanded field of film, video, performance, and sound to present their work in an intimate setting. A platform for both emerging artists and pioneering figures who have changed the way we think about the moving image, this series premieres new projects and rediscovers landmark works. Considering avant-garde narratives from the 21st century, the program also celebrates legacies of influential historical figures in a contemporary context. Each evening presents a unique opportunity for audiences to engage in dialogue with artists, along with curators and other guests.