Mythscience Talks: Lonnie Holley and Fred Moten

May 31, 2023

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Blum & Poe, 2220 Arts + Archives, and Mythscience present a continuation of Harmony Holiday's Mythscience series of oral histories. Holiday joins special guests Lonnie Holley and Fred Moten for a night of conversation, listening, and improvisation. The talk is presented in conjunction with By Any Means Necessary, curated by Holley, currently on view at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles. This event is free and open to all age 21+. Registration is required to participate. 

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Wednesday, May 31
at 2220 Arts + Archives, Los Angeles, CA 


About Lonnie Holley 

Lonnie Holley’s critically admired art practice spans painting, drawing, assemblage sculpture, sandstone carvings, and performance that combines experimental music and poetry. Holley lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia. His work is represented in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; among many others. Holley’s work has been presented in numerous solo exhibitions including at Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, TX (2022); Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, NY (2021); Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA (2017); Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art; Charleston, SC (2015); Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL (2004), and many more. Holley has been the subject of several documentary films, and his own directed short film I snuck off the slave ship premiered at Sundance in 2018. 


About Fred Moten 

Fred Moten is a cultural theorist and poet creating new conceptual spaces that accommodate emergent forms of Black cultural production, aesthetics, and social life. In his theoretical and critical writing on visual culture, poetics, music, and performance, Moten seeks to move beyond normative categories of analysis, grounded in Western philosophical traditions, that do not account for the Black experience. Moten received an AB from Harvard University (1984) and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley (1994). Since 2017, he has served as a professor in the Department of Performance Studies at New York University. He has taught previously at the University of California, Riverside; Duke University; and the University of Iowa. Moten’s additional publications include All That Beauty (2019), The Service Porch (2016), The Little Edges (2015), B Jenkins (2010), and Hughson’s Tavern (2009); and he is co-author, with Stefano Harney, of The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study (2013). 


About Harmony Holiday 

Harmony Holiday is a writer, dancer, archivist, filmmaker, and the author of five collections of poetry including Hollywood Forever and Maafa (2022). She curates a standing archive space for griot poetics and a related performance and events series at LA’s music and archive venue 2220 Arts. She has received the Motherwell Prize from Fence Books, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, a NYFA fellowship, a Schomburg Fellowship, a California Book Award, a research fellowship from Harvard, and a teaching fellowship from the University of California, Berkeley. She’s currently working on a collection of essays for Duke University Press, a biography of Abbey Lincoln, and an exhibition on backstage culture for The Kitchen, New York, in addition to other writing, film, and curatorial projects. 

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