Join us for our Grand Reopening Celebrating our 60th Anniversary and Juneteenth

June 19, 2021

Reopening Program: 11:00AM
Juneteenth Celebration: 1:00PM
Museum free admission: 11:00AM - 4:00PM

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After having been closed since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the DuSable Museum of African American History is scheduled to reopen to the public on “Juneteenth” (Saturday, June 19, 2021), at 11:00 AM with a “Welcome Back” Ceremony celebrating the return to business for the nation’s first independent Black History Museum. During this first phase of reopening the DuSable Museum will follow guidelines provided by the state of Illinois and city of Chicago for museums and open at limited capacity to maintain social distancing. Museum hours will be Wednesdays through Sundays from 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM. In addition, the DuSable Museum will provide free admission to all from June 19th throughout the remainder of the month of June 2021.

The reopening program which will take place in front of the Museum will feature specially invited guests, community leaders, elected officials and DuSable Museum personnel welcoming visitors, members and friends back to this world-class institution.

9:00AM – 2:00PM Flash Mob

Juneteenth Performance

 

Earth and the Alter
Earth and the Alter is a sonic exploration of migrations, principles of freedom and liberation on the 156th Juneteenth Anniversary through music, dance, food and fellowship traditions.

Featuring Avery R. Young & de deacon board, Time Brickey, Angel Bat Dawid, DJ Hieroglyphic Being, Rhythm Testament with Carlos Pride and Dr. Gunn. Additional symphonic performances feature the Chicago Sinfonietta orchestra members Karla Galva and Edith Yokley, Project Inclusion Fellows Najeette Abouelhadi, Fahad Awan and Seth Pae, and Conductor Kedrick Armstrong, special guests Joshua Mhoon and students of Chicago Music Pathways Initiative. Video works by AJ McClennon and Arif Smith. Curated by Ben LaMar Gay and Sadie Woods.

 

1:00 PM – Meditations, Rhythm Testament presents Carlos Pride & Dr. Albert Gunn
Tone Baths and Mediations of the One. Carlos Pride & Dr. Albert Gunn guide the listeners through cycles of sound with Kalimba and Mbira harmonies corresponding with color, light, and the body.

 

1:35 PM – Video Program

A.J. McClenon

Daddy aka Reggie aka Big Tree, Real Name Harold, 2021
Daddy was the tallest man I’d ever seen and like most of our daddies was in and out from the inside. The joint or whatever. Maybe because of Clinton or whatever. And like most of our daddies he had nightmares maybe from being sent to fight with the contras or whatever. Maybe like with most of our daddies we didn’t see them age or whatever but we saw them die or whatever. An overdose or whatever. Maybe we’re numb or whatever looking through all their papers is like watching the police shootings on IG or whatever. But a slower execution or a longer fight or whatever. I can laugh until I cry but can’t tear up to cry or whatever.

Arif Smith

Negro Recursion, 2021
Negro Recursion is a series of Afro-Atlantic audio films that draw upon indigenous design and compositional thought.

 

1:45 PM – Something Spiritual and Electric, Time Brickey and Edith Yokley
A trio of tap dancers make music and try to honor their ancestors. Featuring Izaiah Harris, Jalen Saint Phifer and Time Brickey with special guests Edith Yokley and Ben LaMar Gay.

 

2:15 PM – Juneteenth: An Independence Day Celebration, Residents Orchestrate Project

The Residents Orchestrate Project highlights the work of Chicago Sinfonietta orchestra members and Project Inclusion Fellows and Alumni, with program design curated by Program Manager Sadie Woods. Artistic Director Seth Pae and Conductor Kedrick Armstrong lead orchestral performances of Black composers, including Jessie Montgomery, Florence Price, Daniel Bernard Roumain, William Grant-Still, George Walker, and others. Featuring Najette Abouelhadi (cello), Fahad Awan (violin), Karla Galva (violin), Seth Pae (viola), Edith Yokley (violin) and special guests of Chicago’s musical community.

 

2:45 PM – Video Program

A.J. McClenon

Daddy aka Reggie aka Big Tree, Real Name Harold, 2021

Arif Smith

Negro Recursion, 2021

 

3:00 PM – Translator.03 [Rebel], Avery R. Young & De Deacon Board

April 4, 1968. King is assassinated. The people uprise. Cleanse the impurity of tyranny with fire. Urban erasure begins.  Avery R. Young conducts De Deacon Board through the soul-jazz experimentation of eryday new mercy(s). This presentation is presented as a live scoring of film footage of the MLK uprisings from the South Side Home Movie vault.

 

3:50 PM – Video Program

A.J. McClenon

Daddy aka Reggie aka Big Tree, Real Name Harold, 2021

Arif Smith

Negro Recursion, 2021

 

4:00 PM – The Proto-Saharan Fusion Experience, Angel Bat Dawid & Hieroglyphic Being (Soul Jazz Records / Mathematics Recordings)

Sonic explorers Angel Bat Dawid and Hieroglyphic Being provide The Proto-Saharan Fusion Experience to listeners, movers and participants of the Here and Beyond.

 

5:00 PM – Thank You!

ARTIST BIOS

 

Time Brickey

Time Brickey is a multidisciplinary performing artist from Chicago IL. he’s a tap dancer, actor, musician, singer, puppeteer, he does accents and voices, he stilt-walks… and he’ll do it on the spot. He’s hit stages all over, and people really seem to like him. He built his professional tap career training and performing with M.A.D.D. Rhythms and the Chicago Human Rhythm Project. Time has performed in Dance for Life Chicago, the Stomping Grounds Festival, JUBA!, and as a soloist at the Billy Strayhorn Centennial, where he was described by Chicago Tribune as “a Literal Loose Cannon.” He has been featured tap dancing on 91.1 Vocalo with DJ Ayana Contreras for Reclaimed Soul in The Parks, and in the premiere of Jared Grimes’ Jeff Award winning 42nd st. revival. He’s grateful to have shared many stages and rehearsal rooms with his own heroes, and some of Chicago’s greatest performers. On a given day you can catch him devising and improvising theatrical works, mentoring kids, and composing tap choreography. He also operates a studio workshop where he makes and sells portable tap boards.

Launched in 2019, the Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative (CMPI) prepares gifted and motivated young musicians from underrepresented backgrounds to attend top music schools. Now in its second full year, the Initiative supports nearly 100 participants in grades 6-12 from across the Chicagoland area, and is co-led by the Merit School of Music, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, the Negaunee Music Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago High School for the Arts, Chicago Sinfonietta, DePaul University School of Music, Hyde Park Suzuki Institute, Musical Arts Institute and the Ravinia Festival.

Chicago Sinfonietta’s Residents Orchestrate Project (ROP) is a collection of satellite residencies throughout Chicago under the direction of Program Manager Sadie Woods. ROP neighborhood residencies are designed to eliminate socioeconomic and geographic barriers while providing interactive programming and services.

 

Residents Orchestrate Project utilizes CS personnel alongside southside and westside community partners to create unique opportunities for engagement and support. Free to the public, ROP focuses on investing cultural capital into the production of existing local culture through co-curating initiatives.

 

Angel Bat

Angel Bat Dawid is a Black American Composer, Improviser, Clarinetist, Pianist, Vocalist , Educator and DJ. Her critically acclaimed Album “The Oracle”, released by Chicago label International Anthem recorded using only her cell phone in various locations has been featured in Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, The Guardian and many other publications. Angel composed and premiered “Requiem for Jazz; at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, and “Peace: A Suite for Skylanding” commissioned by the Art Institute of Chicago for Yoko Ono’s outdoor Skylanding Installation. She also tours internationally with her septet ThaBrothahood releasing their album LIVE making NPR’s best of 2020 list. Angel leads the all-woman trio Sistazz of the Nitty Gritty with bassist Brooklynn Skye Scott and Pianist Anaiet. As half of the duo group DAOUI Angel sound artist Oui Ennui produced, mixed and self-released the album “Message from the DAOUI, which was featured at Tusk Festival 2020. As an educator Angel teaches her “Great Black Music” course at Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center through Old Town School of Folk and is clarinetist in Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble as well as hosts a monthly music show on NTS Radio.

“Music is a language, you see, a universal language.” – Sun Ra

 

Hieroglyphic Being

Hieroglyphic Being (SOUL JAZZ RECORDS / MATHEMATICS RECORDINGS) is an explorative musician from Chicago who experiments with the electronic sounds of Deep House, Industrial and Avant Garde-Improv Jazz Sound Sculptures. His work has been covered by major publications such as The Wire, New York Times, Resident Advisor and Vogue. Beyond his own worldwide sonic projections, Jamal Moss aka Hieroglyphic Being has collaborated with the likes of Marshall Allen, Animal Collective, Hamid Drake, Janelle Monae, Mark Sanders and Reggie Watts. He’s a recipient of Bandcamp’s Lifetime Achievement Award 2019.

 

A.J. McClenon

Born and raised in “DC proper,” A.J. McClenon studied art and creative writing at the University of Maryland and The New School prior to receiving a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014. Alongside artistic experiences, McClenon is passionate about teaching and community collaborations with the goal that all the memories and histories that are said to have “too many Black people,” are told and retold again. As a means to uphold these stories McClenon creates writings, sounds, visuals, performances, installations and objects.These creations often revolve around an interest in water and aquatic life, escapism, Blackness, science, grief, US history, and the global future. McClenon is deeply invested in leveling the hierarchies of truth and using personal narrative to speak on political and cultural amnesia and their absurdities. McClenon currently works and lives in Chicago.

 

Joshua Mhoon

Joshua Mhoon is an award winning pianist whose talent has taken him worldwide to play the piano for audiences nationally and abroad throughout Asia and Europe. Mhoon has performed with the National Youth Orchestra, New World Symphony, Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra, Anthony McGill of the New York Philharmonic, YoYo Ma, Lang Lang, and has opened for the Jacksons, Ramsey Lewis and Nick Cannon. Mhoon’s musical influences include artists such as Chopin, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Liszt and Beethoven and local Chicago artists such as Kanye West, Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa. Currently Mhoon is a Lang Lang Young Scholar, a scholarship recipient of The Art of the Piano foundation in Cincinnati and a performer for The Summer Youth Program at The Aspen Music Festival and School. Mhoon will start at The Juilliard School in New York this fall and he is a member of MENSA International.

 

Arif Smith

Arif Smith is a multidisciplinary artist and educator. His performance- and video-based work centers on diasporic citizenship and African-rooted performance practices, exploring Blackness, marronage, and intertextuality. Smith was a 2017-18 Artist-in-Residence at University of Chicago’s Arts + Public Life and Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture. Currently, he is a Program Manager at Old Town School of Folk Music and Research Associate at the Field Museum. Smith is also a member of Bomba con Buya, Iré Elese Abure, and Black Monument Ensemble.

 

Rhythm Testament with Carlos Pride and Dr. Albert Gunn

Rhythm Testament with Carlos Pride and Dr. Albert Gunn are a duo composed of master percussionists who focus on meditation and sonic healing through the performance of handmade instruments, including the West African Mbira and Kalimba. Collectively, the duo has performed with the likes of : Frankie Knuckles, Screaming Jay Hawkins, N’Dea Davenport, Me’Shell Ndegeocello, George Clinton, King Sunny Ade, Talib Kweli and the Sound Therapy Research Ensemble. Their latest record, “Meditations”, was produced to showcase the need for personal inner healing. The music transforms the listener into the tranquil world of nature’s elements infused with the ancient and sacred frequencies of the Kalimba and Mbia.

 

Avery R. Young

Interdisciplinary artist and educator Avery R. Young is a 3Arts Awardee, Cave Canem fellow and a co-director of The Floating Museum. His poetry and prose has been featured in anthologies such as; featured in BreakBeat Poets, Teaching Black,, Poetry Magazine and alongiside images in photographer Cecil McDonald Jr’s, In The Company of Black. As artist-in-residence at the University of Chicago, young created a series of assemblage and sculpture along with his first recording, booker t. soltreyne: a race rekkid. His theater credits include co-writing and co-producing the soundtrack for Lise Haller Baggeson’s Hatorgrade Retrograde: The Musical and writing the libretto for The Chicago Lyric Opera’s Twilight: Gods.  His performance and visual work has been exhibited and/or presented at The Art Institute, The Museum of Contemporary Art, The National Jazz Museum and other institutions. An award winning teaching artist, young co-mentors the Rebirth Poetry Ensemble. He is the featured vocalist on Nicole Mitchell’s Mandorla Awakening and has tours planned with his band de deacon board. Young’s latest full length recording tubman. is the soundtrack to his first collection of visual and traditional poetry, neckbone: visual verses.

 

CURATOR BIOS

Ben LaMar Gay is a composer/cornetist who moves components of sound, color, and space through folkloric filters to produce brilliant electro-acoustic collages. The unification of various styles is always in service of the narrative and never solely a display of technique. The Chicago native’s true technique is giving life to an idea while exploring and expanding on the term “Americana”. Active in the vibrant experimental music scene of Chicago, including a three-year residency in Brazil, allows him to collaborate with some influential figures in the world of music. The list includes George Lewis, Itibere Zwarg, Theaster Gates, Nicole Mitchell, Jeff Parker, Theo Parrish, Mike Reed, Joshua Abrams, Celso Fonseca, Tomeka Reid, Bixiga 70 and the Association of the Advancement of Creative Musicians, to name a few.

 

Sadie Woods

Sadie Woods is an award-winning post-disciplinary artist, curator and deejay who has showcased her myriad of creative practices from academia to nightclubs, boutiques to museums. She is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of The Petty Biennial, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Selenite Arts Advisory and a 2020 recipient of the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Esteemed Artist Award. Woods is currently Faculty at the School of the Art Institute, and Residents Orchestrate Project Manager at the Chicago Sinfonietta. She has exhibited her work and performed nationally and internationally. Publications include Harald Szeemann Méthodologie Individuelle published by JRP Ringier with Le Magasin—Centre National d’Art Contemporain de Grenoble, in collaboration with the Department of Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art, London.

 

June 19, 2021

Reopening Program: 11:00AM
Juneteenth Celebration: 1:00PM
Museum free admission: 11:00AM - 4:00PM

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