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Steffani Jemison, Récitatif (What if we need new words?), 2017. Research image.

Steffani Jemison, Récitatif (What if we need new words?), 2017. Research image.

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Solfege Workshop

With Steffani Jemison

07 Jul 2017

Led by visual artist Steffani Jemison, this workshop introduces participants to the history and diverse applications of the solfege singing system and related systems of music notation. Participants will learn to translate between musical pitch, physical gesture, and notated score, and will learn to apply tools for listening to diverse pop musical material. No musical training required (amateurs enthusiastically welcomed).


Steffani Jemison uses time-based, photographic, and discursive platforms to examine "progress" and its alternatives. Jemison’s work has been presented in solo and collaborative exhibitions and performances at Mass MoCA, the Museum of Modern Art, the RISD Museum, LAXART, the New Museum, Triple Canopy, and the festival steirischer herbst. Other presentations include the Brooklyn Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Gene Siskel Film Center, the Whitney Museum, the Drawing Center, and Sprueth Magers. Her work is in the public collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Whitney Museum, and the Kadist Foundation. She is currently preparing video and performance commissions for the Jeu de Paume, CAPC Bordeaux, and Western Front.

Jemison was born in Berkeley, California, and is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. She holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2009) and a BA in Comparative Literature from Columbia University (2003). She is a 2017-2018 Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University.



Free. Meeting Room


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