2010 Biennial Performances

Monastic Residency: The Black Monks of Mississippi

Mar 12, 2010

Location: Lower Lobby

Friday, March 12  7:30 pm
Friday, April 23  7:30 pm


The Black Monks of Mississippi are  an order of musicians and singers who temporarily submit themselves to ideals of musical restraint and semi-strict adherence to the blues form, which Theaster Gates believes  to be the most important root in the American musical tradition. The Black Monks strive to be holy, restrained, orderly, and disciplined, but they fall short. What they achieve instead is a very human response to displaced spiritual ecstasy, particularly in the flavor of the Black Church.

This event is one in a series of "monastic residencies" organized by 2010 artist Theaster Gates, who will collaborate with academics, artists, and street musicians in the Museum’s Sculpture Court throughout the duration of the Biennial.

This event is free with museum admission; no special tickets or reservations are required.