Opening Performance: Mendi + Keith Obadike – Numbers Station 2 [Red Record] : Block Museum - Northwestern University
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Opening Performance: Mendi + Keith Obadike – Numbers Station 2 [Red Record]

1 PM-1:45 PM

Event Details

Date & Time:

Sat January 29, 2022
1 PM-1:45 PM



Open to the public


How has art been used to protest, process, mourn, and memorialize anti-Black violence within the United States?

 Originating at Northwestern University’s Block Museum of Art, A Site of Struggle explores how artists have engaged with the reality of anti-Black violence and its accompanying challenges of representation in the United States over a 100 + year period.

In this piece, artists Mendi + Keith Obadike sonify data from Ida B. Wells' 1895 publication, The Red Record: Tabulated Statistics and Alleged Causes of Lynching in the United States, with chants and sounds generated from the dates of lynching contained in Wells' text. This is the second work in Mendi + Keith's Number Series (2015-present), a series of performances and sound installations that use numerical databases of violence (police harassment, lynchings statistics, and slave ship manifests) to generate sonic information.

Visitors are invited to view A Site of Struggle before or after the performance of Numbers Station 2 [Red Record] by Mendi + Keith Obadike, and the Opening Conversation. The Block Museum will be open from 12-5pm CST.




Directly after the performance please join us for:

Opening Conversation: A Site of Struggle: American Art against Anti-Black Violence


Opening speakers include Courtney R. Baker, scholar of Black literary and visual cultures; Dino Robinson, founder of Shorefront Legacy Center in Evanston; and Carl and Karen Pope, exhibition artists. They will be joined in conversation by Janet Dees, Steven and Lisa Munster Tananbaum Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and curator of A Site of Struggle. Robin R. Means Coleman, Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion; and Natasha Trethewey, Board of Trustees Professor of English at Northwestern University and former United States Poet Laureate, will provide opening and closing remarks.

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