Date & Time
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality
Spinning Home Movies is back for Season 2, premiering on Thursday, September 24 with “eryday. new mercy(s), Part 1,” featuring vintage home movie footage from the South Side Home Movie Project, curated and accompanied by an original score by interdisciplinary artist, educator and artist avery r. young.
Debuting a piece for young’s work-in-progress “maim de looter(s),” a choreopoem about the Kings Riots on Chicago's Westside in 1968, this episode features performances by the soul funk band de deacon board, as young merges sermon and funk to articulate the ways in which the people living in those neighborhoods navigated through loss, neglect and mourning.This ekphrastic musical composition responds to home movie footage of the aftermath of historic riots in Detroit in 1967 and of Resurrection City in DC in 1968, drawn from the Sylvester Matthews and Lynette Frazier Family Collections at SSHMP.
About the Artist:
Interdisciplinary artist avery r. young is a 3Arts Award winning teaching-artist, composer and producer with work that spans the genres of music, performance, visual arts and literature. Examining and celebrating Black American history and culture, his work also focuses in the areas of social justice, equity, queer identity, misogyny and body consciousness. As a writer, this Cave Canem alum has work featured The Breakbeat Poets, Coon Bidness, to be left with the body and Make Magazine. He has also written curriculum and essay on arts education which appear in Teaching Artist Journal and A.I.M. Print. His new full-length release, “booker t. soltreyne: a race rekkid,” features songs and other sound designed created during his Arts + Public Life and Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture (APL/CSRPC) artist residency. It was during this residency that he worked worked on sound design and concrete poems called "cullud sign(s)." Through voice, sound, visual art and performance, young is constantly exploring the forms and spaces in which poetry can exist. Most recently, he is the vocalist on flutist Nicole Mitchell’s Mandorla Awakening (FPE Records) and his poetry is featured in photographer 3Arts Awardee, Cecil McDonald Jr.’s debut book, In the Company of Black (Candor Arts) and his first book neckbone (Northwestern University Press) was released in June 2019. He is currently one of four directors for the Floating Museum and touring with his band avery r. young & de deacon board.