Solange Knowles Ferguson at Chinati
The Chinati Foundation is pleased to announce a performance by Solange Knowles Ferguson on Sunday afternoon, October 8, 2017. Part of this year’s Chinati Weekend programming, the performance will begin in the field where Donald Judd’s 15 untitled works in concrete are sited. The event is free and everyone is welcome.
Please note that this event is now scheduled to begin at 6:00 PM on museum grounds.
Guests are required to wear white attire. Please wear appropriate footwear for outdoor terrain. Photography is prohibited. No pets, chairs, large bags or backpacks on museum grounds. Cell phones are prohibited; a phone check will be available at the gate. Bottled water only, please–no food or other drinks. No smoking or flame of any kind. Firearms are prohibited.
In a social media post announcing the performance, Solange wrote: “Donald Judd’s ‘15 untitled works in concrete’ has had such a profound influence on the way I view the world, and I am beyond honored to deliver a site specific version of my performance piece, “Scales” (2017) alongside these phenomenal installations during @chinatifoundation weekend. Texas peeps, pull up!”
Solange’s third album, A Seat at the Table, was released in 2016 to critical acclaim. Reviewing the album for New York magazine, Craig Jenkins wrote: “A Seat at the Table isn’t just an expression of pride in black American womanhood, it’s a third stunning entry in Solange’s ongoing case for greater prestige and accolades for soul music.”
Following the release of A Seat at the Table, in March 2017 Solange debuted “Scales,” a choreographed performance featuring compositions from the album and original arrangements, at the Menil Collection in Houston. Earlier this year she organized the performance “An Ode To” at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, which featured a large cast of musicians and dancers and utilized the building’s entire space. Writing in the New York Times, the dance critic Siobhan Burke described the performance piece as a “sublime reimagining — with [Solange’s] own choreography and reconstructed musical arrangements — of A Seat at the Table.”
Donald Judd was engaged with modern dance and collaborated with the choreographer Trisha Brown. Chinati’s presentation of Solange’s “Scales” continues a tradition of musical and dance performances throughout the installations at the museum, including residencies and collaborations with Karole Armitage, L.A. Dance Project, Jen Rosenblit, Sounds Modern, Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo, and the xx.