Red, White, Yellow, and Black: 1972-73
Mary Lucier at The Kitchen at Westbeth, March 7, 2023 - April 29, 2023
In December 1972 and April 1973, Shigeko Kubota, Mary Lucier, Cecilia Sandoval and Charlotte Warren-Huey conceived of "multimedia concerts" at The Kitchen under the coalition Red, White, Yellow and Black—a name that explicitly associated each member with their cultural identity. Exemplifying their individual activities and backgrounds rather than act as a collective, the four women presented multimedia work which has notably dematerialized after the concerts, and has since been reconstructed only through scholarly text. In recognition of the 50th anniversary of these performances, this exhibition will bring together rarely seen archival material from the evenings in addition to the restaging of Kubota's first video sculpture, Riverrun- Video Water Poem, 1972, and Lucier and Sandoval's The Occasion of Her First Dance and How She Looked, 1973. The living members of the collective will gather for a public program on March 11 to reflect on the legacy of the performances and the divergent directions their lives took afterwards.
March 2, 2023