Yuji Agematsu: Chasing Milford
Saturday, January 15, 2022
1:00 PM
A photograph attached to a piece of paper. The photograph is of a seated person with a mustache, swifly waving their hands up at chest height. A mirror on the left reflects the figure of a standing person in white pants and a dark shirt.
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Artists Space
11 Cortlandt Alley
New York, NY
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All Ages


Lead Support for Milford Graves: Fundamental Frequency is provided by the Robert D. Bielecki Foundation.

Original support for Milford Graves: A Mind Body Deal at ICA Philadelphia was provided to Ars Nova Workshop by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Ars Nova Workshop, in collaboration with Artists Space (NYC), presents a special performance by interdisciplinary artist Yuji Agematsu, in conjunction with Fundamental Frequency, a multiform retrospective exhibition on the life and work of interdisciplinary artist and percussionist Milford Graves. The performance will take place at Artists Space and will be presented as a livestream on the exhibition website, January 15, 2022, at 1:00PM. <!–Exhibition Website–>


Yuji Agematsu (b. 1956, Kanagawa, Japan) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Agematsu studied with Tokio Hasegawa, a member of the band Taj Mahal Travellers, and the jazz drummer and choreographer Milford Graves. He has had exhibitions at The Secession, (Vienna, 2021), Miguel Abreu Gallery (New York, 2017, 2019 & 2020), Contemporary Art Centre (Vilnius, 2019), Lulu (Mexico City, 2019), the Power Station (Dallas, 2018), Artspeak(Vancouver, 2014), Real Fine Arts (Brooklyn, 2012 & 2014), Anthology Film Archives (New York, 2004), and TZ’Art & Co. (New York, 1994). In 2014, Agematsu mounted a large scale exhibition at Yale Union (Portland, OR), which was accompanied by the monograph ZIP: 01–01–14…12–31–14. Agematsu was prominently included in the 57th Carnegie International, Pittsburgh (2018), and was previously shown in Speak Lokal, Kunsthalle Zurich (2017), Serialities, Hauser & Wirth (New York, 2017), The Keeper, New Museum (New York, 2016), and Looking Back / The 7th White Columns Annual,(2013). His performances have taken place at the Swiss Institute (New York, 2018), Artists Space (New York, 2017), and as part of the solo presentation Walk on A, B, C, at the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, 2016). His work is in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum, the Walker Art Center, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Brooklyn Museum, The Israel Museum, The Columbus Museum of Art, the Loewe Foundation, and the Pinault Collection.

Works by Yuji Agematsu are currently on view in Greater New York at MoMA PS1 from October 7, 2021 to April 18, 2022.

Cover: Milford Graves, from Yara Scrapbook (compiled by Yuji Agematsu), c. 1989. Black and white photograph. Courtesy of the Estate of Milford Graves.