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Join Chicago-based installation artist Theaster Gates and his ensemble, The Black Monks of Mississippi, for a performative response to the visual art of Thornton Dial. Inspired by the rich symbolic world of the black South, Dial’s art explores the hard truths of history and political and social issues. In this performance, Gates and The Black Monks improvise to create “black sound,” born of the power of gospel. The performance combines this black spiritual music with the blues and Eastern chanting traditions to create a unique collage effect with music that corresponds—and responds—to the visual impact of Dial’s art.

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