Julius Eastman the trickster.
Julius Eastman the brother.
Julius Eastman the son.
Julius Eastman the composer.
Julius Eastman the provocateur.
Julius Eastman the pianist.
Julius Eastman the painter.
Julius Eastman the dancer.
Julius Eastman the vocalist.
Julius Eastman the one who got away.
Did Julius want us to have a hold on his life, or did he want the residue of his life and work to remain as cunning as he was?
A Recollection approaches a historical exploration and remembrance of Julius Eastman as a master of artifice. The audio, artifacts, and ephemera in this exhibition examine the music, literature, and choreography of Eastman’s life through the people who knew him best. The archive of Eastman that emerges after his death is fractured - partially by his own hand. Julius Eastman concentrated on the present, with little regard to the past and especially not the future during his life and often treated his work as ephemeral. The artifacts of his life remain spread among friends, family, lovers, resisting traditional forms of centralization under the roof of a single institution. Using this shape-shifting as a conceptual framework, A Recollection. maps archival matter as a way of inviting viewers to discover new pieces and forge relationships between ephemera held by different informal archivists. A Recollection. leans into the breaks and rests there for a moment, considering what is present and said, as well as absent and unsaid. Celebrating Eastman, a master of artifice engaged in a range of improvisation gestures,
A Recollection explores truth, fact, and the liminal and is ultimately an invitation to look at remains, and imagine what remains to be seen.