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Charles Gaines (American). Sound Text (2015), live performance, 56th Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy, 2015. Image courtesy of the artist. Photograph by Alberto Sinigaglia

Performance: Charles Gaines: Sound Text and Manifestos

Thursday, April 7, 2016

7 pm

Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor

For the opening of the third wave of Agitprop!, renowned artist Charles Gaines presents two of his major works, with musical arrangement by Sean Griffin, composer and director of Opera Povera. Sound Text (2015) and excerpts from Manifestos (2008) will be performed by an eight-piece ensemble with a large-scale video projection. In Manifestos, Gaines translates revolutionary declarations from a range of sources, including the Black Panther Party and the Zapatistas, into musical notations, which are performed by a string quartet, piano, and harp. Gaines uses a similar transcriptional system in Sound Text to translate political documents into harmonies. These arrangements are layered with melodies from historical songs ranging from Reconstruction-era spirituals to ballads from the French Revolution.

Join us in the Beaux-Arts Court before and after the performance for a celebration with DJ Ushka and artists participating in Agitprop!.

Free as part of Thursday Nights hosted by Squarespace.

Limited number of free tickets available at the Admissions Desk at 6 p.m. on the day of the event.

Watch this event on Livestream.

View all upcoming Sackler Center programs.