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PROGRAM

Do What I Want: The Experimental World of Arthur Russell

 
 
Mar 1—May 14, 2017
 
   
 
 
 
 
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“... a changeling artist whose only parallel might be Miles Davis...” — Pitchfork

Beloved in New York’s downtown music scene but relatively obscure outside of it, Arthur Russell was an experimental composer, cellist, singer, and electro-pop pioneer whose collaborators included Philip Glass and Allen Ginsberg. When he died of AIDS-related complications in 1992, the prolific artist left behind an extensive catalog of unpublished recordings that, in the 25 years since, have firmly established him as an unsung visionary in the American music world.

BAM is proud to present the first-ever public exhibition of Russell’s scores, notes, and intimate practice tapes, accompanied by a film screening, musical tribute, and in-depth conversation.

Co-organized by:
Nicole Will, independent curator
Jonathan Hiam, curator, American Music Collection and the Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts


 
PAST EVENTS
Do What I Want: Arthur Russell on Film
Film
Do What I Want: Arthur Russell on Film
 

A poignant, dreamily impressionistic tribute to avant-garde visionary Arthur Russell.

Thu, Apr 20, 2017
SPECIAL SCREENING
 
 
Arthur Russell Concert
Music
Arthur Russell Concert
 

New York-based artists and collaborators honor the late artist in this evening-length concert.

Sat, Apr 22, 2017
 
 
Free
Do What I Want: Selections from the Arthur Russell Papers
Visual Art
Do What I Want: Selections from the Arthur Russell Papers
 

Explore Russell’s notes, scores, and never-before-heard tapes.

Mar 1—May 14, 2017
 
 
Free