Spring 2014

Tuesday 04/01/2014


Sun Ra at 100: Lives and Afterlives Lecture at CUNY Graduate Center

Apr 10, 2014, 6:30pm

Martin E. Segal Theatre

CUNY Graduate Center

Sun Ra at 100: Lives and Afterlives

David HendersonJohn SzwedGreg TateMaryam Parhizkar

One hundred years after his arrival on earth, the innovative musician, poet, thinker, Arkestra bandleader and self-proclaimed cosmic ambassador Sun Ra continues to resonate in the work of contemporary artists, musicians, scholars and noisemakers. As his work is revisited and increasingly canonized, what elements of Sun Ra’s work are emphasized—and which are overlooked? How do we understand Sun Ra’s lifelong project and self-mythmaking, and the ways in which that has continued to sound in the works of other artists? Join David Henderson, John Szwed, Greg Tate, and others in a conversation moderated by Maryam Parhizkar and underscored by video and sounds of Sun Ra in performance.

Cosponsored by the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas & the Caribbean, Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, and the MFA program in Art Criticism & Writing at SVA.