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, directed by Jake Meginsky (2018)

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 via the ICA website, 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. All programs will be conducted virtually.

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)
      Private VHS tape
      Runtime: 47:36:09 min
       
  • NOVEMBER 23
    In Performance Part 2: Solo Work
  • DECEMBER 7
    Encounters in Japan: Min Tanaka
  • DECEMBER 21
    The Botanist: Graves in the Garden
  • JANUARY 4
    The Griot: Performative Lectures
  • JANUARY 18
    Yara Martial Arts Movements: Healing Arts

Milford Graves: A Mind-Body Deal is organized by Mark Christman, with Anthony Elms and 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.