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Contemporary Arts Museum Houston Presents Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art

Eating the Wall Street Journal, Performance at the Sculpture Center, New York by Pope.L, 2000 at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (photo by Lydia Grey. Courtesy the artist.)

Eating the Wall Street Journal, Performance at the Sculpture Center, New York by Pope.L, 2000. (photo by Lydia Grey. Courtesy the artist.)

Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
November 17, 2012 through February 15, 2013

Come celebrate with us at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH) for the opening reception of Radical Presence, the first comprehensive survey of performance art by black artists working from the perspective of the visual arts. During the opening, Terry Adkins will perform The Last Trumpet (1995) and Pope.L will debut a new work, Costuming the Body with Nothing (2012).

Terry Adkins, The Last Trumpet, 1995

Along with four musicians, Adkins will conduct and play his Akrhaphones-sculpturally designed instruments-creating a musical “invocation” for the exhibition’s opening. These 18-feet-tall, trumpet-like constructions emit a wide range of sounds from the melodic to dissonant that will reverberate throughout the space. The Akrhaphones will be activated for the performance and will remain in the space for the duration of the exhibition.

Pope.L, Costuming the Body with Nothing, 2012 (debut)

Costuming the Body with Nothing, a new work by artist Pope.L, will debut during the opening receptionĀ and will be repeated, unannounced, periodically during the duration of the exhibition. The action – an endurance work – is that of a figure walking through the gallery space and standing, arm extended into a void, until exhausted. The wall, which has an opening for the performer to insert his arm, will essentially act as a recorder of the performance. The residual of the performer’s body will, over time, register on the wall and give the viewer the clues needed to reconstruct and imagine this performative routine.

Join CAMH on Saturday, November 17 at 2 p.m., for performances by artists Maren Hassinger, Senga Nengudi, and Tameka Norris. Check camh.org for complete details.

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