“Radcliffe Bailey’s Soundscapes” at Wellesley College on April 18

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
6:00 p.m. at Collins Cinema

Nikki A. Greene on Radcliffe Bailey’s Soundscapes

This lecture by Nikki A. Greene, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Art History & Africana Studies, explores the harmony between music and visual art within African American culture. While countless artists call on inspiration from various musical forms, especially blues and jazz, Radcliffe Bailey creates original compositional “riffs” that not only incorporate rhythms and beats structurally, but also transform materials and space (meta)physically as part of his distinctive visual-aural language and style.

Radcliffe Bailey: Memory as Medicine at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College.

*Updated 5/29/12: Here is the YouTube video of my talk: 


The show closes in just three weeks! The greatest challenge I’ve had in preparing for the lecture is the overwhelming amount of rich material in all of Radcliffe’s work. The most enjoyable part of preparing for this lecture, the last one this semester, is selecting the sounds! I will include music by Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Sun-Ra, Charlie Parker, and traditional music by women in the Sande Society in Sierra Leone. The tracks are coming together more seamlessly than I anticipated. Listen to this track by Ellington, “Transbluency”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaUotvtzb6U. Whoa! Come see Radcliffe Bailey’s painting of the same name at the Davis Museum before May 6!

I will conclude my talk with this video of the installation of Radcliffe Bailey’s Echo at the Davis Museum:

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