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Blues For Smoke Event: King Holiday

King Holiday, a Bushwick-based psychedelic soul band, dropped by the Whitney Studio on Friday, April 19 for an afternoon of sound and art experimentation organized by Youth Insights Leaders. Celebrating Blues for Smoke, teen guests snacked on sweet tea and blue M&Ms before heading into the galleries for a Leader-led tour of the exhibition. After the tour, everyone gathered in the Studio to cover the walls with art and create an experimental soundscape under the guidance of King Holiday’s Les Kujo and Benjamin Martin.

Ben Martin and Les Kujo, of King Holiday, create an experimental soundscape in the Whitney Studio with YI teens and guests, April 2013. Photograph by Jason Mandella

Ben Martin and Les Kujo, of King Holiday, create an experimental soundscape in the Whitney Studio with YI teens and guests, April 2013. Photograph by Jason Mandella

YI teens and guests introduce themselves in the Whitney Sculpture Court before the Leaders’ tour, April 2013. Photograph by Jason Mandella
YI Leader Alex talks about Martin Wong’s painting La Vida (1998), on view in the exhibition Blues for Smoke, April 2013. Photograph by Jason Mandella
YI Leaders Elizabeth, Ramsey, and Adena study Dave McKenzie’s Fear and Trembling (2009), April 2013. Photograph by Jason Mandella
YI Leader Elizabeth talks to the group about—and inside—Rodney McMillian’s installation From Asterisk in Dockery (2012), April 2013. Photograph by Jason Mandella
YI Writers, Artists, Leaders and guests turn the Whitney Studio into a soundscape with the help of King Holiday, April 2013. Photograph by Jason Mandella
Les Kujo sets up a mic for some teen guests in the Whitney Studio, April 2013. Photograph by Jason Mandella
King Holiday mixes audio as YI Leaders Elizabeth and Niki experiment with different instruments, April 2013. Photograph by Jason Mandella
The scene in the Whitney Studio from above, April 2013. Photograph by Jason Mandella
YI Artist Zeus leaves his mark on the walls of the Whitney Studio, April 2013. Photograph by Jason Mandella