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Milford Graves: Fundamental Frequency

Yuji Agematsu: Chasing Milford

January 15, 2022

Ars Nova Workshop, in collaboration 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.
Saturday, January 15


  • Performance

Program Info

Free Admission
All Ages


This program will also be livestreamed on the Fundamental Frequency exhibition website.


Artists Space
New York, NY


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.

Artists Space

Founded in 1972 in downtown Manhattan, Artists Space fosters the artistic and cultural life of New York City as a primary venue for artists’ work in all forms.

“An affinity with emerging ideas and artists is central to our institution, as is attentiveness to the social and intellectual concerns which actively inform artistic practice. We strive for exemplary conditions in which to produce, experience, and understand art, to be a locus of critical discourse and education, and to advocate for the capacity of artistic work to significantly define and reflect our understanding of ourselves.”


Artists Space is dedicated to creating an open and accessible environment. If you have any accessibility questions or concerns, please contact Artists Space at or 212-226-3970 prior to your visit.


In keeping with New York City health advisories and in the interest of the safety of staff and visitors, Artists Space requires staff and visitors wear a mask at all times, use the available hand sanitizer upon entry, and practice social distancing while in the space. Guests must show proof of vaccination to enter Artists Space via the NYC COVID Safe App, Excelsior Pass, CDC Vaccination Card (or photo), NYC Vaccination Record, or an official immunization record from outside NYC. More information about Artists Space COVID-19 safety protocols can be found on the Artists Space website.

October 8, 2021–January 15, 2022

Milford Graves: Fundamental Frequency

  • Exhibition

Milford Graves: Fundamental Frequency

Ars Nova Workshop, in collaboration Artists Space (NYC), presents a multiform retrospective exhibition and event series dedicated to the life and work of interdisciplinary artist and percussionist Milford Graves.