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Thumping Wisconsin was the opening performance for the Theaster Gates installation To Speculate Darkly at the Milwaukee Art Museum. The installation is centered around, and was inspired by, Dave Drake, an antebellum South Carolina potter who signed his name and wrote couplets on his pots. As part of the exhibition Theaster created songs based on Dave's couplets, and had a Chicago/Milwaukee choir perform the pieces. This video, shot by Ray Chi, shows excerpts from the emotionally powerful 40 minute performance at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

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