For those of our visitors in the New York City area, please drop by the Whitney Museum of American Art from 9 to 13 May and see For All the World to See curator, Maurice Berger's video, Threshold, which will be projected continuously during the residency--BLEED--curated for the Whitney Biennial by Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran. The Whitney writes: "BLEED will present five days of live music, exploring the power of performance to cross barriers and challenge assumptions, as their title, BLEED, suggests. With a line-up of concerts and events spanning music, dance, theater, and literature, as well as an exhibition of past video collaborations with Glenn Ligon, Joan Jonas, Kara Walker, and Simone Leigh and Liz Magic Laser—and a new video by the cultural historian Maurice Berger—BLEED is a celebration of surprising synergy across the visual arts and music."
Here is more about Threshold from the Whitney press release:
"Over the past seventeen years, the cultural historian Maurice Berger has produced cinematic 'culture stories,' syncopated compilations of historic clips from American film and television that explore issues of identity and self-representation. Threshold is a continuum of images from popular culture produced during the period of or about the historic civil rights movement. It riffs on the crossing of thresholds—walking through doors, boarding trains and buses, entering cars, gliding across stages, stepping up to podiums, and even the imagined passage from Earth to heaven—that have defined the voice, place, and aspirations of a people. The story it tells is one of self-possession and triumph: the epic passage across thresholds that, in the context of this film, serve as metaphors of the barriers, glass ceilings, and restrictions then imposed on African Americans."