Artist, activist, and urban-planner Theaster Gates will perform with the Black Monks of Mississippi, an ensemble of musicians who employ a variety of musical traditions, which range from spirituals, blues, gospel and Buddhist and Zen chants. The performance will connect with the 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church using as inspiration media coverage of the incident, as well as archival materials of the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement.
Theaster Gates will imagine for this performance-talk a set of musical encounters that examine the relationship between human desire, public ecstasy and artistic practice. With musical support from the Black Monks of Mississippi, Gates will share new stories from the north, old stories from the east and nearly audible fragments from the eternal. This body of work will be recorded live and will be the basis for Gates' most recent performative endeavour 'Songs From the Storefront'.
Theaster Gates: ‘'Tis So Sweet or I Need Sugar Lawd'
Birmingham Museum of Ar
2000 Rev. Abraham Woods, Jr. Blvd.Birmingham
+1 205 254 2556
Thursday 25 April, 6.30pm
Photo: Sara Pooley