Who: Blanche Bruce, Clifford Owens, Kamau Amu Patton
What: Livestream performance
Where: Performa’s Radical Broadcast website channel
When: Friday, May 1, free, 4:00
Why: In 2017, MoMA hosted a series of performances and talks in conjunction with the exhibition “Projects 107: Lone Wolf Recital Corps,” one of which I was fortunate enough to see. The exhibit focused on the work of artist and musician Terry Adkins (1953-2014), the founder of the performance collective Lone Wolf Recital Corps. This spring the Pulitzer Arts Foundation was scheduled to open “Terry Adkins: Resounding,” consisting of sculptures, instruments, digital videos, and various personal ephemera. Along with the postponement of the show, several live performances were canceled, but on May 1 at 4:00, the Pulitzer, in conjunction with Performa and organized by corps members Clifford Owens and Kamau Amu Patton, will be presenting “Radical Broadcast: Lone Wolf Recital Corps,” a livestream performance featuring Adkins alter ego Blanche Bruce (named after former slave and US senator Blanche Kelso Bruce) revisiting the early scores “Second Mind” and “Alto Age,” with Owens joining from his New York City apartment and Patton working from his Chicago studio. (Owens participated in the 2005 Performa Biennial and Adkins in the 2013 edition.) Adkins once said, “My quest has been to find a way to make music as physical as sculpture might be, and sculpture as ethereal as music is. It’s kind of challenging to make both of those pursuits do what they are normally not able to do.” That is especially true of playing live music in the age of coronavirus.