IMITATION OF LIVES: A PERFORMANCE BY JIMMY ROBERT FOR PERFORMA 17 AND THE GLASS HOUSE

We’re thrilled to announce Scenes from Imitation of Lives, an intimate look at Jimmy Robert’s Performa 17 Commission Imitation of Lives at the Glass House, captured by Jon Wang for PIN-UP.

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.

Watch the video!

IMITATION OF LIVES: A PERFORMANCE BY ARTIST JIMMY ROBERT AT THE PHILIP JOHNSON GLASS HOUSE from PIN–UP on Vimeo.

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