John Giorno Octopus Series
- Neilma Sidney Theatre
- March 23 | 7pm
Performers: Kevin Beasley, Taja Cheek (L’Rain) and Ben Chapoteau-Katz (L’Rain), Eli Keszler, and Moor Mother.
This event celebrates the release of Kevin Beasley’s new publication, A View of a Landscape, published by the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. Please join us for a launch event featuring performances by Kevin Beasley, Taja Cheek (L’Rain) Ben Chapoteau-Katz (L’Rain), Eli Keszler, and Moor Mother.
A View of a Landscape pairs a 300-page book and double LP, conceived as equal elements and designed together. The book is an expansive look at Beasley’s work in sculpture, sound, and performance, illuminating how his practice finds its grounding in his family’s land in Virginia, a place that also brings out larger American histories. Along with texts by nine writers with strong ties to the artist, the substantial book features a large array of images that include Beasley’s work and materials from his own amassed visual archive. The double LP features newly recorded tracks by musicians and artists from Beasley’s close creative circles, produced in partnership with London-based record label Hyperdub. The musician’s tracks are uniquely their own, but they all sample recordings that Beasley made, reflecting an ongoing spirit of collaboration.
Using the Octopus’s decentralized nervous system as an inspiration for Performance Space New York’s curatorial practice, the John Giorno Octopus Series invites artists and guest curators to organize an evening-length program with several artists working in any number of disciplines. The series is named after legendary performance poet, John Giorno, and continues Performance Space’s legacy of artist-centric programming and creating space for risk-taking.