Mendi + Keith Obadike Blues Speaker [for James Baldwin]

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Mendi + Keith Obadike Blues Speaker [for James Baldwin]

Time: April 2, 2015 to April 30, 2015
Location: Vera List Center for Art and Politics The New School University Center
Street: 63 Fifth Avenue
City/Town: Manhattan
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Event Type: installation, reading
Latest Activity: Mar 29, 2015

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Mendi + Keith Obadike
Blues Speaker [for James Baldwin]

Sound installation and events

Opening: April 25–7pm, with LeRonn Brooks

Blues readings: April 10, 17 & 24, noon
with Melvin Gibbs, Brandon Ross, and Karma Mayet Johnson

Artists talk: April 173–5pm
Panel: April 242–4pm, moderated by Julie Napolin

Vera List Center for Art and Politics
Hours: 9am–9pm, free

Blues Speaker [for James Baldwin] is a public sound art installation and reading series by artists Mendi + Keith Obadike, presented on the occasion of the conference "What Now? The Politics of Listening." It is dedicated to James Baldwin (1924–1987). The 12-hour, immersive sound artwork is composed of an elongated blues melody, language from Baldwin's writings, ambient recordings from the streets of Harlem, and an inventory of sounds contained in Baldwin's short story "Sonnyʼs Blues."  

Blues Speaker / The Dialogues 
Weekly readings by master blues musicians capture Baldwin's seminal short story "Sonny's Blues." Presented on Fridays at noon in the Social Justice Hub at 63 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor.

Blues Speaker / other events

April 173–5pm

Mendi + Keith Obadike engage in an artists talk with students and the public.

April 242–4pm

"Taking Listening Seriously: James Baldwin"
Panel discussion on literal and ideological noise, race, class and inequality that positions James Baldwin as a key figure in the history of political sound making, and launches the conference "What Now? The Politics of Listening." With curators, scholars and artists Mendi + Keith Obadike, moderated by Julie Napolin.

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