Saturday, December 12, 2020
East Building, African Arts Gallery
Musical sessions run 1–1:30 pm, 1:45–2:15 pm, and 2:30–3 pm
Why is this baby grand piano in the middle of the NCMA’s African Arts Gallery? In the spirit of our Interchanges project, and pushing the boundaries of that initiative even further, classical pianist and Wake County public school teacher Carolyn Colquitt is performing a number of musical works in conversation with El Anatsui’s Lines That Link Humanity, nearby. You can hear her play compositions from various classical periods by Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, and Chopin, as well as by African Diasporic composers, many of whom are not commonly included in the “canon” of classical music.
Bringing a live experience of these compositions to an art museum—an institutions that often functions as society’s “taste-maker”—allows us to consider the tensions between classical music and “other” musical forms, as well as performance and visual arts, begging the question: Who are we conditioned to believe has the ability to perform such music and in what spaces (reflective of whose culture)?