In recent years, the late minimalist composer Julius Eastman has finally received the recognition and praise that he deserved during his short-lived, transgressive career. Two curators in particular, Tiona Nekkia McClodden and Dustin Hurt, have spent the past four years researching Eastman’s output, which was often ephemeral and not everything was documented. “He’s very alive. It’s not dead. It’s not finished,” McClodden told Hyperallergic earlier last year.
Beginning January 19, the Kitchen in Manhattan is organizing three weeks’ worth of programming around Eastman and his art. In addition to an exhibition, A Recollection. Predicated, there will be concerts hosted around the city. The first performance, “Evil Nigger,” is 24 hours long, and will be presented by Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste and LaMont Hamilton at ISSUE Project Room. (Hyperallergic’s Seph Rodney once called the music of this performance “astonishing.”) While most of the performances will focus on Eastman’s work as a composer, one evening will be devoted to his vibrant choreographies. As Eastman himself wrote in a press release for the Kitchen in 1981, “Now music is only one of my attributes. I could be a Dancer, Choreographer, Painter, or any other kind of artist if I so wished.”
When: Various concerts from Friday, January 19 to Saturday, February 3
Where: The Kitchen (512 West 19th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan) and other locations
More info at the Kitchen.