Blank Forms Observations at Night Series Announced

Source: New York’s Blank Forms.

Observations at Night with Jessika Kenney, Hamid Al-Saadi w/ Amir ElSaffar, the Sun Ra Arkestra, Susan Alcorn, Louise Landes Levi, Makoto Kawashima, Nicole Mitchell, Akira Sakata w/ Darin Gray, Fred Moten, Okkyung Lee, and Joe McPhee

September 7th – October 12th
James Cohan Gallery
48 Walker Street, New York, NY 10013

Blank Forms has curated a program of music and poetry as part of Josiah McElheny’s new solo show, Observations at Night, at James Cohan Gallery. McElheny’s sonic sculpture, “Moon Mirror,” will function as both an acoustic reflector and an open stage-like platform for performances, as part of an exhibition of optically dynamic paintings and sculptures inspired by cosmic revolutionary figures like Joe McPhee and Sun Ra Arkestra singer June Tyson. Tyson’s optimistic communication of the potential for world-building beyond the painful alienation of presiding earthly visions serves as the focal point for the series’ interrogation of how music and poetry might illuminate new pathways of resistance to our troubled political climate. An international assembly of artists from a diverse spectrum of creative improvising idioms have been selected to use McElheny’s parabolic structure as a catalyst for explorations of both acoustic feedback and social interaction between performers and audiences from heterogeneous cultural spheres. Featuring performers pulling inspiration from black American free jazz as well as experimental music, deep listening, and folk traditions of Korean, Japanese, Iraqi, Indonesian, and Persian music, the surreal convergence of mysteries of light and sound proposes that we might today not only pass through what can feel like a dream or nightmare state but find something here, visible or audible in the twilight that can lead into a cosmic future.

Jessika Kenney
Saturday, Sept 7th, 2019
2:00 PM

Hamid Al-Saadi with Amir ElSaffar
Wednesday, Sept 11th, 2019
6:30

Sun Ra Arkestra
Saturday, Sept 14th, 2019
2:00 PM

Susan Alcorn
Wednesday, Sept 18th, 2019
6:30

Louise Landes Levi
Saturday, Sept 21st, 2019
2:00 PM

Makoto Kawashima
Wednesday, Sept 25th, 2019
6:30

Nicole Mitchell
Saturday, Sept 28th, 2019
2:00 PM

Akira Sakata with Darin Gray
Wednesday, Oct 2nd, 2019
6:30

Fred Moten
Saturday, Oct 5th, 2019
2:00 PM

Okkyung Lee
Wednesday, Oct 9th, 2019
6:30

Joe McPhee
Saturday, Oct 12th, 2019
2:00 PM