Jamal Cyrus performing Texas Fried Tenor (from the series “Learning to Work the Saxophone”), 2012. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, November 29, 2012. Photo by Max Fields.

Jamal Cyrus Texas Fried Tenor, 2012

14th Street Passage, on the High Line at West 14th Street MAP

Jamal Cyrus’s (b. 1973 in Houston, TX; lives and works in Houston, TX) Texas Fried Tenor is part of “Learning to Work the Saxophone,” a series that explores the idea of the instrument as a tool of transcendence and personal expression. During the performance, Cyrus fries a saxophone while reciting a poem based on the Texas Tenor saxophone tradition.

Three Duets, Seven Variations, a special series for the Performa 13 biennial, pairing six intergenerational artists for seven programs, is presented as part of Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art. This program is organized by Adrienne Edwards, Performa, and Thomas J. Lax, The Studio Museum in Harlem.

Radical Presence is curated by Valerie Cassel Oliver, Senior Curator, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and presented in New York in two parts: Part I at New York University’s Grey Art Gallery (September 10–December 7, 2013) and Part II at The Studio Museum in Harlem (November 14, 2013–March 9, 2014).

Co-organized by the Grey Art Gallery, NYU; The Studio Museum in Harlem; and Performa.



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