FIRST-EVER VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE BY GRAY
January 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
FIRST-EVER VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE
BY INDUSTRIAL NOISE BAND GRAY
MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON
We are pleased to announce a concert by Howl recording artists Gray. Howl Arts will release Gray’s latest album—Last of the Beats—this summer. The concert is presented in conjunction with the MFA Boston exhibition Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation. The event is streaming here and on Facebook and YouTube.
In 1979, artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Michael Holman founded the industrial noise band Gray in downtown New York. Basquiat named the band after the medical textbook Gray’s Anatomy—an important reference for his visual artwork and an apt descriptor for the band’s spectral, beat- and body-driven performances. Today, Holman and original member Nick Taylor make up the band and carry its legacy forward.
In partnership with the Keith Haring Foundation, the MFA presents Gray’s first-ever virtual performance, featuring collaborators Deantoni Parks and Roger Guenveur Smith. Footage recorded in New York, Los Angeles, and Atlanta is broadcast live, creating a multidisciplinary experience of sound, film, poetry, beat, and body language. Anything can be an instrument—just as it was for Basquiat, Holman, and Taylor at the band’s inception—and all sounds emanating from their instruments become art.
Image: Gray by Robert Northway