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Critical Dialogue: Collaboration Between Sight, Sound & Performance

Jul 29, 2024 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Shermer Lecture Hall

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Engage in this dynamic conversation between artists Jason Moran, Alicia Hall Moran, and Adam Pendleton. The dialogue explores vital connections that are made across disciplines, particularly visual art and music, and the incredibly rich sensory experience that results. The group discusses the ways in which collaboration has evolved and become a core practice among many artists working today. Now more than ever, artists depend on community for enhanced artistic exploration and the deep experimentation that occurs collectively. In particular, this accomplished trio will explore the ways in which they have collaborated as artists, orchestrating Adam’s performance The Revival, which was a major development in all of their careers. This vibrant conversation uncovers the valuable approach to collaborative, cross-disciplinary artistic practice which is a leading force in the contemporary art world today.


 Alicia Hall Moran is an operatic mezzo-soprano and conceptual vocal artist.  Performances include critically-praised ALBUMS Heavy Blue and Here Today, CHAMBER-MUSICALS of her imagination: the motown project, Breaking Ice/Cold Blooded, and Black Wall Street; performances on FILM Breakdown (Liz Magic Laser/Simone Leigh), Arrows to Infinity (Dorothy Darr), Scenes From Western Culture (Ragnar Kjartansson), Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane’s Chapel/Chapter, Lee MingWei/Bill T. Jones’ Met Museum installation Our Labyrinth, Rebecca Miller’s feature She Came To Me, Carrie Mae Weems’ Slow Fade To Black, Tania León’s O Yemanja at the 45th Kennedy Center Honors; BROADWAY Porgy&Bess (Tony Award: Best Musical Revival)+Nat’l Tour earning NAACP Theater Award nomination for Moran’s portrayal of Bess; SOLO ENGAGEMENTS w/SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS incl. Oregon Symphony’s emergency shelter (Kahane). [Read More]

Pianist, composer, and artist Jason Moran is the Artistic Director for Jazz at The Kennedy Center. He has released 18 solo recordings with Blue Note Records and Yes Records. In 2010 he was awarded the 2010 MacArthur Fellowship. Recently he curated the permanent exhibition Here to Stay for the newly opened Louis Armstrong Center in Queens, New York and has co-curated the exhibition I’ve Seen the Wall: Louis Armstrong on Tour in the GDR 1965 at Das Minsk Kunsthaus in Potsdam, Germany. In 2022, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was  awarded the 2023 German Jazz Prize for Pianist of the Year. His latest recording, From the Dancehall to the Battlefield, is devoted to the music of World War 1 jazz pioneer and organizer James Reese Europe, the big bang of jazz.  He has collaborated with artists Joan Jonas, Adam Pendleton, Lorna Simpson, Kara Walker, Glenn Ligon, Adrian Piper, Julie Mehretu, Ryan Trecartin and Lizzie Fitch.  His self titled exhibition was hosted by The Walker Art Center, Wexner Center for the Arts, ICA Boston, and the Whitney Museum. He currently teaches at the New England Conservatory in Boston.  

Adam Pendleton (b. 1984 in Richmond, VA) is based in Brooklyn, New York. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at notable museums including the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum in St. Louis (2023-24), mumok – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (2023-24), the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (2022), the Museum of Modern Art in New York (2021-22), Le Consortium in Dijon (2020), and the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin (2017). His work has also been featured in the Whitney Biennial (2022), the Venice Biennale (2015), and other prominent group exhibitions, including Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America at the New Museum in New York (2021).

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Alicia Hall Moran

Alicia Hall Moran is an operatic mezzo-soprano and conceptual vocal artist.  Performances include critically-praised ALBUMS Heavy Blue and Here Today, CHAMBER-MUSICALS of her imagination: the motown project, Breaking Ice/Cold Blooded, and Black Wall Street; performances on FILM Breakdown (Liz Magic Laser/Simone Leigh), Arrows to Infinity (Dorothy Darr), Scenes From Western Culture (Ragnar Kjartansson), Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane’s Chapel/Chapter, Lee MingWei/Bill T. Jones’ Met Museum installation Our Labyrinth, Rebecca Miller’s feature She Came To Me, Carrie Mae Weems’ Slow Fade To Black, Tania León’s O Yemanja at the 45th Kennedy Center Honors; BROADWAY Porgy&Bess (Tony Award: Best Musical Revival)+Nat’l Tour earning NAACP Theater Award nomination for Moran’s portrayal of Bess; SOLO ENGAGEMENTS w/SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS incl. Oregon Symphony’s emergency shelter (Kahane), San Francisco, Milwaukee, Austin, Virginia, Philadelphia Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra Pops, Dayton Phil, Chicago Phil, Ocean City Pops, 1B1 Norway, and Spoleto Festival; ENSEMBLE w/AiR: Brandon Ross, Harriet Tubman, Thomas Flippin, w/skate Olympian Surya Bonaly, w/AskoSchönberg, Roomful of Teeth in Bryce Dessner’s Triptych, w/Charles Lloyd Quartet, Lara Downs (album, Holes in the Sky), Yosvany Terry’s Atlantic Connections, Allison Loggins-Hull’s Diamatrically Composed, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, The Hands Free, stargaze, Kaoru Watanabe Taiko, Harlem Chamber Players, and Charles Gaines for Venice Biennale; WRITING for New York Amsterdam News & Tidal; COMPOSING-DIRECTING in collab. w/Jason Moran Chantal (Washington National Opera), Family Ball (ICA Boston), Bleed (Whitney Biennial), Work Songs (Venice Biennial), Milestone (Walker Art Center), Two Wings: The Music of Black America in Migration (Carnegie Hall).  In all Ms. Moran’s output across classical music, dance, contemporary composition, choral, visual art, figure skating, opera, jazz, journalism, film, and literature—as singer, composer, skater, writer, producer, and director—her vocal beauty, sensitivity and daring always shine through.

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Jason Moran

Pianist, composer, and artist Jason Moran is the Artistic Director for Jazz at The Kennedy Center. He has released 18 solo recordings with Blue Note Records and Yes Records. In 2010 he was awarded the 2010 MacArthur Fellowship. Recently he curated the permanent exhibition Here to Stay for the newly opened Louis Armstrong Center in Queens, New York and has co-curated the exhibition I’ve Seen the Wall: Louis Armstrong on Tour in the GDR 1965 at Das Minsk Kunsthaus in Potsdam, Germany. In 2022, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was  awarded the 2023 German Jazz Prize for Pianist of the Year. His latest recording, From the Dancehall to the Battlefield, is devoted to the music of World War 1 jazz pioneer and organizer James Reese Europe, the big bang of jazz.  He has collaborated with artists Joan Jonas, Adam Pendleton, Lorna Simpson, Kara Walker, Glenn Ligon, Adrian Piper, Julie Mehretu, Ryan Trecartin and Lizzie Fitch.  His self titled exhibition was hosted by The Walker Art Center, Wexner Center for the Arts, ICA Boston, and the Whitney Museum. He currently teaches at the New England Conservatory in Boston. 

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Adam Pendleton

Adam Pendleton (b. 1984 in Richmond, VA) is based in Brooklyn, New York. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at notable museums including the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum in St. Louis (2023-24), mumok – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (2023-24), the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (2022), the Museum of Modern Art in New York (2021-22), Le Consortium in Dijon (2020), and the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin (2017). His work has also been featured in the Whitney Biennial (2022), the Venice Biennale (2015), and other prominent group exhibitions, including Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America at the New Museum in New York (2021).

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