Milford Graves Full Mantis
An online discussion with director Jake Meginsky
Thursday, December 10, 2020
8:00 PM
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Free with RSVP
All Ages

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Major support for Milford Graves: A Mind-Body Deal 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.

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Presented by Ars Nova Workshop and Free Library of Philadelphia, Kingsessing Library.

Milford Graves: A Mind-Body Deal, organized and presented by Ars Nova Workshop and Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania (ICA).

Starting in the 1960’s, Milford Graves was central to the revolutionary new vision of jazz represented by musicians like Albert Ayler, Sonny Sharrock, and Paul Bley, all of whom released albums featuring Grave’s astonishing percussion work. A true polymath, Graves has also spent his life experimenting with martial arts, dance, herbalism, and methods to study an individual’s heartbeat in order to deepen their relationship to music.

Milford Graves Full Mantis, a film which Downbeat Magazine called “as much a visual poem as it is a documentary,” portrays Graves’s life and work, and is available to stream free on Kanopy with a Free Library of Philadelphia card. Watch the film at your leisure, then join us on December 8th for a virtual discussion with director Jake Meginsky.

Attendees are also encouraged to attend Milford Graves: A Mind-Body Deal, an exhibit about Graves at the Institute for Contemporary Art. Admission is free and this exhibition runs through January 24, 2021.

Watch the film, and feel free to see the exhibition; then join us for this enlightening talk! This event is presented in collaboration with Free Library of Philadelphia, Kingsessing Library.

Free Library of Philadelphia

A Free Library card is available at no cost to anyone who lives, works, pays taxes, or goes to school in the City of Philadelphia. In addition, anyone who lives in the state of Pennsylvania can obtain a Free Library card without charge.

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Cover: Still from Milford Graves Full Mantis, 2018, dir. Jake Meginsky and Neil Young.