Theaster Gates brings Processions, a new curated series of performances, to the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
The series of four performances, to take place throughout 2016 and 2017, will introduce unexpected and unexplored connections between sacred music, African and African American culture and history, theatre, world dance and chant.
To produce Processions, Gates will bring together a different ensemble of noted local, national and international artists and musicians for each event.
The first performance, on 21 September, will feature student athletes from Howard University in Washington DC, alongside The Black Monks of Mississippi, an experimental musical group who harmonise the Eastern ideals of melodic restraint with gospel and blues genres that are deeply rooted in the African American musical tradition. Led by Gates since 2009, they have performed at venues including dOCUMENTA and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
The public will be invited to experience these works communally, watching as Processions weaves through the museum and responds to both the artworks on view and the building’s architecture.
The inaugural performance coincides with the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.
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Theaster Gates 'Gone are the Days of Shelter and Martyr' (2014)
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