In this live collage, Robert drew on the idiosyncratic features of Philip Johnson’s Glass House, to devise a piece that delved into the intersections of architecture, visibility, and black representation. Imitation of Lives wove together memories of Harlem Renaissance cabaret singer Jimmie Daniels (once romantically involved with Johnson), with references from Samuel Beckett’s Quad (1981), David Hammons’ seminal work In the Hood (1993), as well as lyrics by Josephine Baker, and texts by Jayne Cortez, Marguerite Duras, Audre Lorde, and Lorenzo Thomas.
Wang's four-minute long video features gorgeous shots of Jimmy Robert and fellow performers NIC Kay and Quenton Stuckey rehearsing in, and interacting with, this modernist icon.
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