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Theaster Gates | Critical Listening Event


6.30 – 8pm EST

26 January 2024

White Cube New York

Join Theaster Gates, DJ Reborn, and Matthew D. Morrison at White Cube New York as they listen to and reflect on records from Gates's personal vinyl collection for an intimate audience. The event will include songs by Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack, as well as other soul artists who were part of Atlantic Records during the 1960s and ’70s.

Space is very limited for this intimate event and places will be allocated on first-come, first-served basis.

This special event celebrates Theaster Gates new solo exhibition 'Hold me, Hold Me, Hold Me' at White Cube New York which runs from January 25 until March 2, 2024.

Shifting the ideology of art from visually based to metronomic, the exhibition explores how sound holds pain and suffering, joy, temporality, memory and contingency. With music serving as a through line in Gates’s practice, the exhibition’s title honors the 1970s duet ‘Be Real Black For Me’ by Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack. Drawing from the echoed repetition of the phrase ‘hold me’, midway through the song, Gates references his personal connections with both music and mental health.

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About the speakers:

DJ Reborn is a trailblazing international DJ, sound collage artist, and arts educator. She is the resident DJ for the world tour of the iconic Ms. Lauryn Hill, and the founder of DJs for Justice, a coalition of DJs using their platforms in service of racial, social, and economic justice. She is currently developing an international performance piece archiving the stories of women in the DJ world.

Matthew D. Morrison, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, is an Assistant Professor at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Morrison received his PhD in musicology from Columbia University, and was awarded the Susan McClary and Robert Walser Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies Fellow (2021–22). He has also received fellowships at institutions including Harvard University, the Library of Congress, The University of Edinburgh, the Tanglewood Music Center, and the Center for Popular Music Studies/Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His book, Blacksound: Making Race and Popular Music in the United States, is forthcoming in March 2024, published by the University of California Press. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including the Journal of the American Musicological Society, the Oxford Handbook of Music and Philosophy, American Music, and he contributes creatively as a dramaturg and artistic consultant within the arts.

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