AT COZAD-BATES HOUSE:
Intersection. IV Arrangements on Presence.
6:45 AM -- Civil Twilight I
1:30 PM -- Transit
7:30 PM -- Civil Twilight II
8:45 PM -- Night
AT MOCA CLEVELAND:
Immersive sound installation in the Gund Commons
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Organized by Rose Bouthillier, Associate Curator.
Since 2011, artist Kevin Beasley has developed a series of live audio performances, mixing found and recorded sounds into layered arrangements that address personal and collective histories. Beasley’s newly commissioned work for MOCA Cleveland will be his most complex sound work to date, and will occupy both the Museum and the Cozad-Bates house, a historic Italianate mansion just across the street. The house is the only surviving pre-Civil War structure in University Circle, with the original section being built in 1853. The Cozad’s were a prominent landowners and abolitionists, and the house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, and designated as a Cleveland Landmark in 2006. Stripped down for renovation, it has been vacant for the past seven years, creating a unique, transitional environment loaded with a deep sense of the past, and ongoing change.
Titled And in My Dream I Was Rolling on the Floor, Beasley’s sound work will consider the architecture, history and the condition of the bodies that move(d) through the house and the Museum. It will be presented as a sequence of four live, multi-channel audio performances at the house. Each 30-45 minute piece (Civil Twilight I, Transit, Civil Twilight II, and Night) is composed for a specific time, charting the shifting atmosphere over the course of a day. At the Museum, the entire scope of the compositions can be experienced in a daylong listening environment in the Gund Commons. Audience members will be immersed in a complex arrangement of sound that alters their perceptions of space and the passage of time, linking the oldest and newest building at the heart of a rapidly evolving community in Cleveland.
Kevin Beasley (1985, Lynchburg, VA) lives and works in New York City. He holds a BFA from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, and an MFA from Yale University School of Art. Currently, he is an artist-in-residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem, and in 2013 he completed a fellowship at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in Brooklyn. Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at The Butcher’s Daughter, Ferndale, MI, and ORG Contemporary, Detroit. He has participated in group exhibitions at Interstate projects, Brooklyn; Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York; The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY; and The Museum of Modern Art, New York. He is currently featured in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, and participated in the 2013 Queens International, Queens Museum, NY. Beasley was included in the group exhibition Realization is Better than Anticipation (2013) at MOCA Cleveland.