The Griot: Performative Lectures
January 4–17, 2021
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All Ages

Sponsored by

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.

Presented by

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

Aside from being an accomplished musician, visual artist, and researcher, Milford Graves is also known for his devotion to teaching. For thirty-nine years, he taught at Bennington College in Vermont. He has been a music consultant for the Board of Education in New York City and P.S. 201 in Harlem. Countless musicians cite him as being an influence on their practice, resulting in mentorships with the mercurial artist. His reach as an educator extends beyond the classroom into his backyard in Queens, where he is known for sharing his knowledge of the healing arts with the community. Graves has been called a shaman by his contemporaries, welcoming people into the sacred places he creates through sonic and gestural vibrations.<!–

Mondays with Milford

Mondays with Milford is an online screening series presented bi-weekly, in conjunction with Milford Graves: A Mind-Body Deal, an exhibition gathering the many-layered and multi-faceted works of free jazz pioneer and polymath Milford Graves. Scheduled screenings include rare digital footage from Milford Graves’s archives, along with additional video selections and dialogues that contextualize Graves’s practice.–>

Cover: Photo courtesy of Bruce Davidson.