Opening Reception for “M. Lamar: Funeral Doom Spiritual” - Friday, April 15, 2016 - ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives

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Claudia Rankine recently wrote in the New York Times “the condition of black life is one of mourning.” Indeed, if we believe the words of Anthony Paul Farley that “the motionless movement of death through slavery, segregation, and neo-segregation” is an ongoing funeral procession then how do we, the Negro undead, go on? And how have we kept on keeping on in this unending death spiral of the U.S. empire?

In “Funeral Doom Spiritual,” M. Lamar suggests that it is only with an intense awareness of this “motionless movement,” carrying the coffins of the fallen “on our backs,” that we can proceed. Taking place a century in the future, the exhibition focuses on a protagonist forever “carrying carrying carrying” these coffins. Drawing on Negro Spirituals that call for the end times, what Lamar calls Doom Spirituals, this installation at ONE Archives exhumes legacies of racial violence while longing for the forthcoming destruction of white supremacy.

“M. Lamar: Funeral Doom Spiritual” includes multichannel video, objects, still images, and sound. Within the context of the archives, this new installation by Lamar responds directly to the collection of Miles Everitt, who photographed nude Black men for over 50 years as an enterprise of private obsession. Refuting Everett’s Negrophilic fixation, the installation will include new video of Lamar shot in the archives at ONE, as well as a display of Everett’s photographs that deny the fetishist’s gaze.

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“M. Lamar: Funeral Doom Spiritual” is on view at ONE Archives April 15 – July 30, 2016.

Related Performance
M. Lamar’s “Funeral Doom Spiritual: For Male Soprano, Piano, and Electronics”
Saturday, April 16, 2016, 7:30pm

Tommy’s Place
Ronald Tutor Campus Center
University Park Campus
3607 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, CA 90089

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“M. Lamar: Funeral Doom Spiritual” is organized by David Evans Frantz, Curator at ONE Archives at the USC Libraries. This exhibition is made possible, in part, by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs. Additional support is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the ONE Archives Foundation.

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