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.
Iconoclastic playwright Thomas Bradshaw has emerged as one of the most provocative and original voices in contemporary theater. His most recent play, Job, was produced by the Flea Theater in Fall 2012 and remounted this past January. For Blues for Smoke, Bradshaw will create a new work directly relating to the exhibition to be premiered at the Whitney.
“Lecture on the Blues”
Directed by Jim Simpson
Featuring Jeff Biehl and Frank Harts
Running time: 40 minutes
Excepts from LeRoi Jones’ “Dutchman” are presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
This performance is free with Museum admission, but special tickets are required. For ticket pick-up, present your receipt at will call. Seating will begin ten minutes prior to each performance.