FREE: Art Forms of Dimensions Tomorrow: The Sound & Vision of Sun Ra and Beyond

Ouattara Watts: Wait Until Tomorrow
Ouattara Watts: Wait Until Tomorrow

Skidmore College’s Tang Museum in Sartoga Springs has something very special up its sleeve this week – “Art Forms of Dimensions Tomorrow: Sound, Black Study, and the Multidisciplinary Artist.”

Organized by Professor Adam Tinkle and Dayton Director Ian Berry, the exhibition pairs the archives of jazz maverick Sun Ra with contemporary sonic and sound-inspired artworks and performances. Although best known for evoking the outer spaceways in his music, Sun Ra also made key philosophical, poetic and visual contributions that have inspired movements in Afrofuturism and Afrosurrealism.

The exhibition culminates in two nights of multimedia performance featuring spoken word, sonic art and visual
art by emerging and established legends of the avant-garde.

In addition to Sun Ra’s artwork, the exhibition includes work by Tim Rollins & K.O.S. and Ouattara Watts, as well as Terry Adkins’ 2012 video “Flumen Orationis (From the Principalities),” which juxtaposes Jimi Hendrix’s music with Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam” speech.

Live musical performances this week will feature Joe McPhee, Chris Corsano and Ephraim Asili at 8pm on Thursday (April 13); and Matana Roberts and Kamau Patton at 8pm on Friday (April 14).

Admission is free.

Sun Ra famously declared, “Space is the place.” This week, The Tang is the place…

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