CHICAGO: Though they have worked together for more than 20 years, saxophonists Mats Gustafsson and Ken Vandermark have never performed as a duo, until today. Two of the key figures emerging from the 1990s improvised music renaissance, Gustafsson and Vandermark are both boundlessly energetic and deeply sensitive players. This should prove to be a memorable “first meeting” for two dear friends. A live recording, it is destined for release on CvsD’s own label.
(Photos, above: L: Mats Gustafsson by Rikkard Häggbom; R: photo of Ken Vandermark by Mireia Bordonada)
FREE PERFORMANCE: Friday, March 1, 7:30pm
LONDON: In his own backyard, legendary saxophonist Evan Parker performs solo at Thomas Dane Gallery, with a backdrop of works by Dominick Di Meo, in the exhibition Limp Voyeur in a Humid Landscape.
Thomas Dane Gallery
11 Duke St., St. James
NEW YORK – Opening Thursday, March 28 at the Studio Museum in Harlem, David Hartt: Stray Light is a presentation of color photographs, sculptures and a video installation by Chicago-based conceptual photographer David Hartt (b. 1967) reflecting on the iconic headquarters of the Johnson Publishing Company in downtown Chicago.
The eleven-story Modernist building on South Michigan Avenue was home to Jet and Ebony magazines since its design in 1971. The building was heralded as the first major downtown Chicago building designed by an African-American architect since the eighteenth century. In the case of the Johnson family and its legacy, Hartt looks to the intersection of the publisher’s ideals and values, the style and aesthetics embodied by the site and the lasting cultural impact of the magazines.
David Hartt: Stray Light was organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, where it was curated by Michael Darling, James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator. Support for this exhibition is generously provided by the Chauncey and Marion Deering McCormick Family Foundation. The presentation at The Studio Museum in Harlem was organized by Thomas J. Lax, Assistant Curator.
The exhibition runs through June 30, 2013.
Stills from David Hartt, Stray Light, 2011, HD video, 12 minutes, 12 seconds (above)