Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic, Movement III - The Triple Deities Installation

23 - 28 Jun 2021
12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Globe Dye Works 4500 Worth St. Philadelphia, PA 19124

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Tiona Nekkia McClodden, cropped still from the film Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic, Movement III - The Triple Deities, 2020. Photo courtesy of Tiona Nekkia McClodden. 

Tiona Nekkia McClodden, a 2016 Pew Fellow, premieres the multimedia installation and performance Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic, Movement III - The Triple Deities, the third installment of the multidisciplinary artist’s Be Alarmed series.

The Triple Deities draws from the art song “Song to The Dark Virgin,” composed in 1941 by Florence B. Price—the first African American woman to have a composition performed by a major American symphony orchestra. The composition takes its name and lyrics from Langston Hughes's 1926 poem.

The Triple Deities merges art song, exhibition, film, and sculpture to examine the intersubjectivity of Black women within the context of American society and the diaspora. The event features performances by McClodden as well as Danielle Deadwyler, Linda Harris, and Ashley Tai.

Project collaborator and composer Courtney Bryan debuts a new work for piano, which references Price’s original composition along with a range of styles representative of the diaspora. The new work scores the project film and will be performed live by Bryan and vocalist Joel Dyson on select dates of the installation:

  • Friday, June 25, at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 26, at 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 27, at 3 p.m. 

Exhibition viewing and performance sessions are by appointment only via Calendly. No walkups are permitted.