Jamal Cyrus x Jamire Williams: Boogaloo & The Midnite Hours
February 9 - March 25, 2018
"And whatsoever master, owner or overseer shall permit or suffer his or their Negro or other slave or slaves, at any time hereafter, to beat drums, blow horns, or use any other loud instruments [...], shall forfeit ten pounds, current money, for every such offence [...]"
- South Carolina Slave Code Article 36 (1740)
Taking as its starting point the phenomena of percussive "rudiments", and in particular a drum pattern known as the "Boogaloo", in this exhibition Jamire Williams and Jamal Cyrus artistically mine the most generative phases of Black musical evolution. Born out of the convergences between Africa and the Americas, the Boogaloo is diasporic rhythm, speaking to multiple origins and ways of being. Pulling from their respective disciplines of the visual arts and sound, Cyrus and Williams delve into the graphic, sculptural, and sonic possibilities inherent within the tradition of Black music, mixing aspects of the past, present, and future into their recombinant formulas.