House of Loom & their caravan of colorful characters have been given the keys to the contemporary art castle!
Fresh off the heels of celebrating our 10-year anniversary, loom is putting together a one-night only pop-up party inside Bemis Center's warehouse-looking gallery space to commemorate the closing of international artist Derrick Adams' Crossroads exhibit.
Live drums, drag hosts & break dancers will frenetically weave on the dance floor. Swirling visuals from wide-screen projectors will cast silhouettes of sweaty moving bodies. Laughter, shaking tambourines & pulsating beats will reverberate off the thick wood pillars & cavernous ceiling.
It's been 8-years since they let us throw a party inside their wonderful downtown art institution. Don't sit out on this Bemis & loom collaboration!
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► DJs Derrick Adams / Kethro / Brent Crampton
► Live percussion
► Drag vibes from Karma Lilola
► Break dance performances from Jon Vlach & crew
► Live visuals from Fracta
► Body painting from Daniel Sedra D'mente
► Hosted by Jay Kline
► Cash bar for 21+ ran by House of Loom
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Nephew to Def Jam founder Russell Simmons, Derrick Adams' creativity has made an immeasurable mark in the art world beyond the umbrella of his families legacy, or his time as the Curatorial Director at Simmons' Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation.
Based in NYC, Adams' is a multidisciplinary artist working in performance, video, sound and 2D and 3D realms. Adams' is a recipient of a 2009 Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, a 2014 S.J. Weiler Award, has shown/performed at MoMA PS1, Brooklyn Museum of Art, and is in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Studio Museum in Harlem, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Birmingham Museum of Art.
"Working in performance art, painting, sculpture and music, he has sardonically explored the intersections of popular culture, fashion, black experience and the art of the past."
- New York Times
"Adams is deft at deploying familiar and iconic symbols from American culture to unravel old and persistent saws about who we are and what we're after."
- The Boston Glob
With this installation, Adams presents the third iteration of his ever-changing radio station. Previously it has been housed inside a futuristic triangular sculpture and underneath a circus tent, like a sideshow. At the Bemis, the radio station is attached to a life-size, interactive game board. Comparable to musical chairs, the game calls for visitors to move across the board to the beat of the music, which includes selections from jazz, blues, rock, classical, R&B, rap, and pop. When the music stops, the deejay/game host poses questions about historical facts gathered from library books as well as from residents of Omaha. Using the space of the exhibition, Adams aims to temporarily dissolve cultural boundaries of knowledge that may separate one person from another.
The Crossroad radio station will broadcast every Thursday and Saturday between 12pm and 2pm. Visitors may listen online or in person at the Bemis Center. In March and April, Adams will hand control of the station to guest deejays-artists, poets, musicians, and others-to capture the essence of Omaha's creative community. For more information, visit the project Tumblr: www.crossroadradio.tumblr.com.
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