Terry Adkins' Lone Wolf Recital Corps to perform at P.S.1, New York, Jan. 17; Performers include Jacolby Satterwhite (MFA '10)

January 17: NeoHooDoo Poetry Reading and Performance

Date: Saturday, January 17, 2009
Time: 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Neo-HooDoo is a litany seeking its text
Neo-HooDoo is a Dance and Music closing in on its words
Neo-HooDoo is a Church finding its lyrics…
A Neo-HooDoo celebration will involve the dance music
and poetry of Neo-HooDoo and whatever ideas
the participating artists might add.
--Ishmael Reed, Neo-HooDoo Manifesto

Ishmael Reed’s initial description of NeoHooDoo highlights the mix of different cultures and mediums in spiritual artistic practice. According to Reed, it is the diverse practitioners responding to one another that engender NeoHooDoo. Central among this upheaval and transition is text, the words that speak and sing the spirit of NeoHooDoo.

To explore the literature that informs NeoHooDoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith, P.S.1 will host a poetry reading with contemporary writers Steve Cannon, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Melanie Maria Goodreaux, and Lois Elaine Griffith on Saturday, January 17. Following the reader, artist Terry Adkins will perform with Arthur Flowers, Jacolby Satterwhite, Joie Lee, and Blanche Bruce as part of the Lone Wolf Recital Corps, a musically based performance collaborative with rotating membership. These poets and performers give an additional point of entry to the exhibition’s consideration of art as a ritual and spiritual practice, in this instance in the realm of writing.

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