April 25, 2012 · 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
BRIC Rotunda Gallery
Tracie Morris (L) and Strange Farm (R)
RIPPLE is an evening of performance in conjunction with the exhibition Mystics: A Blessed Rage for Order, including surprising collaborations with spoken words, sound, and song. BRIC's Director of Contemporary Art Education, Hawley Hussey, has curated an evening of presenters including performer, writer, and scholar Tracie Morris; and music by Strange Farm, comprised of Bill Brovold, Peter Zummo, Ernie Brooks, and Billy Ficca, all veterans of the "downtown" music scene. The name Ripple comes from the process of creating the event: a curator invites a participant; that participant invites another; and so on.
The event is FREE and open to the public; light refreshments will be served.
Tracie Morris is a performer, writer and scholar from Brooklyn, New York. She became a staple of the Nuyorican poetry scene in the early to mid-1990s. In 1996, she began to focus on more experimental poetry, particularly sound poetry and was embraced by that community in general and LANGUAGE poets in particular. In the 1990s, Morris began performing and recording with avant-garde musicians including Melvin Gibbs, Marvin Sewell, Elliott Sharp and Val Jeanty. She She also became a fellow of the prestigious African American poetry foundation Cave Canem. She continued academic pursuits and received an MFA in Poetry/Creative Writing at Hunter College and an MA and PhD in Performance Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught at Sarah Lawrence College and now teaches at Pratt Institute. Her poetry and critical essays have been anthologized extensively in many prominent publications.
For over thirty years the members of Strange Farm have performed in many of the same groups and criss-crossed throughout the so-called “Downtown” scene. A common thread has been the music of Arthur Russell, whom the members have all collaborated with. His compositions and influence were the inspiration behind the forming of Strange Farm.