Opening Wednesday, October 17th, from 7PM - 9PM
$10, includes refreshments
In conjunction with Cauleen Smith’s The Journeyman
The Recorded Memory studio is inspired by a story told to Smith by Edward Wilkerson about recording with Alton Abraham. Abraham hired Wilkerson to record some music and asked him to meet at the YMCA. In the gym, Abraham had built a recording studio out of refrigerator boxes and duct tape. He put a mic in the middle of a ring of boxes and that’s where they recorded. Inspired what sounded like a beautiful sculpture, Smith has built a recording studio based on this story with a curved wall that doubles as the screen for Black Utopia: The Movie.
Born in Chicago in 1959, Marvin Tate’s voyage into spoken word and performance started in the Lawndale neighborhood on the city’s westside. He would entertain friends, foes and strangers with poems by the late Chicago poet, Gwendolyn Brooks. He has since been heard of National Public Radio, This American Life, and HBO DefJam Poetry. He has released a book of poems through the Tia Chucha press. And he has performed with Amiri Baraka, the late Malachi Thompson, Annie Sprinkle, The Eternals, Ken Nordine, Tim Kinsella, Bernie Worrell, the late Oscar Brown Jr., among and many others.
Sound recording by Bel Air Sound Studio
Black Utopia LP for sale in two editions.
More information on the exhibition and the Black Utopia LP here: