Blues for Smoke will be accompanied by a series of concerts, performances and readings showcasing the enduring legacy and innovative possibilities of the blues in contemporary music and live art. Reflecting on the exhibition’s consideration of “the blues” as a political and aesthetic idiom within the visual arts, the performances will showcase contemporary musical forms that extend aspects of the blues legacy.
A visionary vocalist, composer, poet, and producer, Annette Peacock has been a seminal figure within jazz, rock and experimental music since the mid-1960s. Best known for her bold songwriting and pioneering work with early synthesizers and vocal processing, Peacock’s accomplished career has included solo works, collaborations with Albert Ayler, Paul Bley, Bill Bruford, Chris Spedding, and Mick Ronson, and her own label, Ironic US.
Free with Museum admission, which is pay-what-you-wish on Fridays, 6–9 pm; no special tickets or reservations are required. Members enjoy complimentary and express entry to the Museum.