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Performance: Alvin Lucier and Charles Curtis

Cellist Charles Curtis and composer Alvin Lucier will perform and give a talk at the Crowley Theater on May 28th as part of a series of events curated by Jennifer Burris. This programming is co-presented with Fieldwork Marfa and Marfa Live Arts.

In 1966, along with Robert Ashley, David Behrman and Gordon Mumma, Alvin Lucier co-founded the Sonic Arts Union. From 1968 to 2011 he taught at Wesleyan University where he was John Spencer Camp Professor of Music. Lucier lectures and performs extensively in Asia, Europe and The United States. 

Cellist Charles Curtis has been guest soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, National Symphony, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Janacek Philharmonic, Orquestra de la Maggio Musicale Florence, and orchestras in Brazil and Chile, among many others. For more than twenty years he has been closely associated with the legendary avant garde composer La Monte Young.

Jennifer Burris is a curator and writer based in Mexico City where she is director of Athenée Press. Her research orients around three linked concerns. What are the political and social implications of formal structure, particularly in relationship to legacies of land art and minimalism/post-minimalism? In what ways does contemporary art practice intersect with evolving epistemologies of knowledge creation, specifically in regards to natural sciences and medical technologies? And how can long-term collaborations with artists facilitate the repositioning of art historical narratives via strategies of radical archiving?