Nikita Gale, Marmi, 2022 / Courtesy of the artist
Impossible Music
Sep 30 – Dec 10, 2023
Miller Institute for Contemporary Art
Pittsburgh, USA

Opening September 30 at the Miller Institute of Contemporary Art, Impossible Music brings together sounds, scores, sculptures, video, and live performances to extend discourses on conceptual and experimental music and explore its intersections across different art forms. Marking the first joint curatorial collaboration of curator Candice Hopkins, artist, composer Raven Chacon, with curator, researcher, Stavia Grimani, the interdisciplinary group exhibition features work by boundary-defying composers, artists, and collectives including Terry Adkins, Black Quantum Futurism, Benvenuto Chavajay, Nikita Gale, Sarah Hennies, Tom Johnson, Conlon Nancarrow, Aki Onda, Christine Sun Kim, and C. Spencer Yeh. Also available for listening is a potlatch record listening station to make audible those songs rendered illegal under the “potlatch bans” which outlawed Native North American ceremonies in the United States and Canada. Shown together, the songs, scores, and artworks in the exhibition address the complexity of music as well as moments in human history that led to the creation of new sounds, including the sound of resistance. On view through December 10, the exhibition is complemented by live performances that will occur throughout its run, beginning with an opening performance by Aki Onda Spirits Known and Unknown featuring Eyvind Kang on September 29 from 5:30-6:30 p.m followed by an exhibition reception 6:30-8pm.

“Bridging the gaps between music, art, and history, Impossible Music represents the cross-collaboration, artistic innovation, and open dialogue that we foster here at Miller ICA. It is incredibly exciting to be working with Raven and Candice on this exhibition, which marks their first curatorial collaboration to date,” said Elizabeth Chodos, Director of the Miller ICA.

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Coinciding with the exhibition are additional live performances by Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo (Amy Williams and Helena Bugallo) performing the compositions of Conlon Nancarrow; composer and percussionist, Sarah Hennies; and the collective Black Quantum Futurism. Conversations between the curators and participating artists will be compiled and printed into free booklets, inspired by Fluxus artist, printer, and composer Dick Higgins’ Great Bear Pamphlets, which will be released at the midpoint of the exhibition. Additional programming and performance details will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

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