Room 21

9 Sep 2016
8pm
Annenberg Court at the Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

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Room 21 at The Barnes Foundation. Photo by Ryan Collerd.

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Room 21 at The Barnes Foundation. Photo by Ryan Collerd.

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Room 21 at The Barnes Foundation. Photo by Ryan Collerd.

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Photo by Max Lakner.

Curated by Lee Tusman and presented in the curated portion of the 2016 Fringe Festival, Room 21 is a new album-length composition by composer Jace Clayton informed by the artworks of The Barnes Foundation and Albert Barnes' extensive record collection. The composition draws on the Barnes' distinctive combination of European and American Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, African artwork, ancient artifacts, decorative arts, and metalwork, examining issues of adjacency between different artists and cultures in the collection.

In concert, Clayton will be joined by over a dozen musicians, including the Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, banjoist Ben Lee, Ethiopian Musician Gezachew Habtemariam, and pianist Emily Manzo, who will be wearing custom costumes by fashion designer Rocio Salceda. Offering audiences a way to reconnect with and reimagine the Barnes collection through sound, Clayton's concert will reward roaming through the performance, much like an audience roams through the art collection.