Lee Tusman is an independent curator based in Philadelphia whose projects straddle the intersection of ideas that are socially-based and urban in nature, with a focus on contemporary new media. Tusman has curated dozens of exhibitions and public projects for a diverse group of universities, galleries, institutions, alternative spaces, and public interventions including Toronto's Vector Fest, UCLA, Space 1026, the Hidden City Philadelphia Festival, and the artist collective and gallery Little Berlin, where he is a curatorial member. Tusman currently serves as Creative Director of the nonprofit arts and technology collective, The Hacktory, and as an instructor in the Photo and Digital Arts Department at Moore College of Art & Design. In 2012, Tusman was also part of the New Spaces / New Formats Research Group Live Performances Center capacity building effort. The Center supported his commission of a performance and album-length musical composition by Jace Clayton that responds to the Barnes Foundation's art collection with a 2015 Performance grant.
Creating a dialogue between contemporary performance and historical art, independent curator Lee Tusman's Room 21 will commission New York-based composer Jace Clayton in the creation of a performance and album-length composition informed by the artworks of The Barnes Foundation and Albert Barnes' extensive record collection held in the museum's archives. Clayton's composition will draw on the Barnes' distinctive combination of European and American Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, African artwork, ancient artifacts, decorative arts, and metalwork, and will examine issues of adjacency between different artists and cultures in the collection. At the Barnes, Clayton will be joined by five groups of instrumentalists and singers—arranged in the Barnesian symmetry inspired by how the works are installed in the gallery—performing simultaneously in different areas of the museum's atrium before coming together for a unified performance. Offering audiences a way to reconnect with and reimagine the collection through sound, Clayton's concert will reward roaming through the performance, much like an audience roams through the art collection.
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