Milford Graves: A Mind-Body Deal Exhibition

25 Sep 2020 - 24 Jan 2021
Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th St., Philadelphia, PA


Milford Graves, Beyond Polymath, 2017, sculpture detail. Photo courtesy of Ars Nova Workshop. 

Ars Nova Workshop presents Milford Graves: A Mind-Body Deal, an exhibition exploring a lifetime of multidisciplinary creative work by free jazz pioneer and polymath Milford Graves.

Graves’ multi-faceted career has traversed music, activism, medicine, botany, and martial arts. An installation at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at the University of Pennsylvania examines the artist’s practice far beyond his best-known work as a drummer and includes Graves’ hand-painted album covers and posters, idiosyncratic drum sets, multimedia sculptures, photographs, and costumes, along with elements from his home, scientific studies, recording ephemera, and archival recordings, as well as space for performance.

In addition to the in-person exhibition, A Mind-Body Deal will include a virtual tour available online. An opening reception on September 25 and bi-weekly screenings of footage from Graves’s archives will also be available online.