Kerry James Marshall: Every Beat of My Heart exhibitions/performances at Wexner Center

Kerry James Marshall, <i>Senufo Executioner</i>, 2007, puppet from <i>Every Beat of My Heart</i>. Courtesy of the artist.

Every Beat of My Heart is the culmination of Season 1 artist Kerry James Marshall‘s Wexner Center Residency Award. The work grows out of his Rythm Mastr series, an expansive sequence of narrative works that tells a tale of urban life featuring superheroes inspired by African archetypes and African-American culture (view Marshall talking about the series on his Art:21 webpage here).

Marshall’s Wexner residency began last summer with a trip to Japan to study the traditional art form of Bunraku puppetry. He then convened a group of 23 Columbus teenagers to train as puppeteers in order to present Every Beat of My Heart as a live performance with musical accompaniment by jazz drummer Kahil El‚ÄôZabar.

The performances take place this weekend: Saturday, February 2, at 4pm and 7pm, and Sunday, February 3 at 2pm and 4pm in the Wexner Center Galleries.

After the performances, the puppets and sets will be on view as part of the exhibition Kerry James Marshall: Every Beat of My Heart, through April 13. A video of the complete performance will be on view in the lower lobby during this time as well.

Tickets are extremely limited and are available only in person, first-come, first-served at the Wexner Center Ticket Office/Patron Services Desk on the day of the performance (two tickets per patron maximum). Overflow seating with a live video feed will be available in the Film/Video Theater during all performances. (The ticket office opens at 10 am on Saturday and 11 am on Sunday.)

Read more about the project here and here.

Art21 Director of Special Projects

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