photo of Milford Graves performing on live French TV in 1973
Milford Graves Quartet performing at the Jazz Middelheimin Festival in Belgium, 1973 / from Milford Graves Full Mantis, 2018, dir. Jake Meginsky

Milford Graves: A Mind-Body Deal

Mondays with Milford

A selection of online video screenings

September 28, 2020 – January 24, 2021

Presented in conjunction with Milford Graves: A Mind-Body Deal, an exhibition organized by Ars Nova Workshop and Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia.


In conjunction with the exhibition Milford Graves: A Mind-Body Deal, Ars Nova Workshop and ICA Philadelphia present bi-weekly screenings of rare digital footage from Milford Graves’s archives. Screenings will be presented online throughout the run of the exhibition, along with additional video selections and dialogues that contextualize Graves’s practice.

The themes and dates for each digital release are listed below. Screenings begin at 6PM and will remain online until the next program begins.

Screening Schedule

  • SEPTEMBER 28
    Introduction Part 1: Speaking in Tongues

    • Speaking in Tongues (1982)
      Directed by Doug Harris
      Runtime: 1:17:28
       
  • OCTOBER 12
    Introduction Part 2: Festac ’77

    • Family Reunion – Americans at Festac (1978)
      Directed by Dick Young and Gerald Krell
      Narration by Schyleen Qualls
      Runtime: 35:57
       
  • OCTOBER 26
    Research and Investigation: Heart Music

    • Bata Wormhole (2020)
      16mm film transferred to digital
      Runtime: 6:23
       
  • NOVEMBER 9
    In Performance Part 1: Collaborative Projects

    • First Meeting: Milford Graves, Charles Gayle, and William Parker ​(1991)
      Private VHS tape
      Runtime: 44:05:07 min
    • Mouthful of Sweat / Chemical Imbalance Video Compilation: Milford Graves, Peter Brötzmann, William Parker ​(1988)
      Private VHS Tape
      Runtime: 10:33:02 min
    • Trio in the Dojo (1988)
      With Milford Graves, Brother Ah, and Hugh Glover
      Private VHS tape
      Runtime: 47:36:09 min
       
  • NOVEMBER 23
    In Performance Part 2: Solo Work



    Milford Graves “In Performance” provides a glimpse into the artist’s prolific career in experimental instrumentation. The program offers an eclectic mix of footage consisting of individual performances and collaborative projects that Graves initiated over the years. Part 2 of the series highlights his solo work.

    • Fukushima in Jazz Vol 42: Milford Graves, Mototeru Takagi, Toshisabulo Toyozumi, Kazutoki Umezu, and Toshinori Kondo (1977)
      Private VHS tape
      Runtime: 1:44:04
    • V. Bey Tape 2: Milford Graves Solo (date unknown)
      Private VHS tape
      Runtime: 21:20
    • International Film Festival Rotterdam concert in the Netherlands (2018)
      Digital video, color, sound
      Runtime: 24:43
      Courtesy of Jef Mertens Taping Policies
       
  • DECEMBER 7
    Encounters in Japan: Min Tanaka

    • Art Camp Solo (c. 1980)
      Private VHS tape
      Runtime: 1:17:30
    • Milford Graves & Min Tanaka Duo (c. 1980)
      Private VHS tape
      Runtime: 36:00
    • Milford Graves & Min Tanaka: Bennington College (1993)
      Private VHS Tape
      Runtime: 58:45
    • Milford Graves & Min Tanaka: Kyoto (1985)
      Private VHS Tape
      Runtime: 52:43
    • Milford Graves & Min Tanaka: School for Autism (1981)
      Film transfer from VHS Tape
      Runtime: 1:51
       
  • DECEMBER 21
    The Botanist: Graves in the Garden

    • Graves in the Garden (2020)
      Directed by Jake Meginsky
      16 mm and video transferred to digital
      Runtime: 6:43
    • Eating in the Garden (1990)
      Private VHS tape
      Runtime: 4:57
    • Garden Ground Spring/Summer (1988)
      Private VHS Tape
      Runtime: 15:47
       
  • JANUARY 18
    Yara Martial Arts Movements: Healing Arts

    • Yara and Acupuncture Demonstrations ​(c. 1990)
      Private VHS Tape
      Runtime: 1:36:00
    • Movements in the Snow​ (c. 1990)
      Private VHS Tape
      Runtime: 10:34
    • Yara Group Warm Ups and Clapping​ (c. 1990)
      Private VHS Tape
      Runtime: 1:58:03
    • African Festival Yara Prep​ (1984)
      Private VHS Tape
      Runtime: 1:57:45
    • Yara Spring/Summer​ (1988)
      Private VHS Tape
      Runtime: 38:10
       

Milford Graves: A Mind-Body Deal is organized by organized by Mark Christman, Artistic Director, Ars Nova Workshop, with Anthony Elms, Daniel and Brett Sundheim Chief Curator, ICA. Curatorial support provided by Jake Meginsky. Accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue to be published by Inventory Press.

Institute of Contemporary Art University of Pennsylvania

Major support for Milford Graves: A Mind-Body Deal has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Joseph Robert Foundation.

Pew Center for Arts & Heritage
TheAndy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Joseph Robert Foundation

Milford Graves: A Mind-Body Deal

Mondays with Milford

A selection of online video screenings

September 28, 2020 – January 24, 2021

Presented in conjunction with Milford Graves: A Mind-Body Deal, an exhibition organized by Ars Nova Workshop and Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia.