Milford Graves: A Mind-Body Deal

Ars Nova Workshop



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


Ars Nova Workshop, "Beyond Polymath," sculpture. Photo courtesy of Ars Nova Workshop.


Ars Nova Workshop, Milford Graves’ hand painted drum kit. Photo courtesy of Ars Nova Workshop.


Ars Nova Workshop, flyer for Milford Graves’ “Bio Creative Institute of Intuitive Development.” Photo courtesy of Ars Nova Workshop.

Ars Nova Workshop’s exhibition Milford Graves: A Mind-Body Deal will shed light on a lifetime of multidisciplinary creative work from one of the icons of the free jazz movement. A polymath who works in music, visual arts, botany, and science, Graves is best known as a drummer who has recorded with artists such as Albert Ayler, Sonny Sharrock, John Zorn, and Don Pullen. An installation at the Institute of Contemporary Art will explore his practice far beyond his musical work to include his many other creative interests, including herbology, martial arts, and holistic medicine, and how rhythm connects all of it. The exhibition will include a collection of Graves’ hand-painted album covers and posters, idiosyncratic drum sets, sculptural work, photographs, recording ephemera, archival recordings, and more. A catalogue will offer new essays and a view into the artist’s previously unseen archive

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