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Blues for Smoke

Feb 7–Apr 28, 2013

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. The series will look at music, as well as poetry and playwriting, as powerfully expressive forms, conceptual orientations, and looser frames which enable improvisation, repetition and communication. Through various experimental approaches, these artists bring forth the powerfully ecstatic, improvisatory, conceptual, political, mournful, and incantatory aspects inherent in the blues.

The Blues for Smoke performance series is organized by curator Jay Sanders.

Past Performances


Performance Series Artists Include:

Mykki Blanco
Thomas Bradshaw
Loren Connors
Keiji Haino
King Holiday
Lonnie Holley
Ashok Kondabolu (Dapwell)
Annette Peacock
Prince Rama
Matana Roberts
Himanshu Suri (Heems)
Victor Vazquez (Kool A.D.)