Oct 8th 2022

In this piece, artists Mendi + Keith Obadike sonify data from Ida B. Wells’ 1895 publication, The Red Record: Tabulated Statistics and Alleged Causes of Lynching in the United States, with chants and sounds generated from the dates of lynching contained in Wells’ text. This is the second work in Mendi + Keith Obadike’s Number Series (2015–present), a series of performances and sound installations that use numerical databases of violence (police harassment, lynching statistics, and slave ship manifests) to generate sonic information.

This performance will be preceded by a One Book One Northwestern gallery talk at the neighboring Block Museum of Art. Guests are welcome to join us for one or both programs; registration required.

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This performance is presented in connection with the Block’s Winter–Spring 2022 exhibition A Site of Struggle: American Art against Anti-Black Violence, currently on view at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, and 2022–23 One Book One Northwestern (OBON) selection How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with The History of Slavery Across America by Clint Smith.


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