Do What I Want: The Experimental World of Arthur Russell

March 1 – May 14, 2017

Production Language English
Country of Origin United States
Description Beloved in New York’s downtown music scene but relatively obscure outside of it, Arthur Russell was an experimental composer, cellist, singer, and electro-pop pioneer whose collaborators included Philip Glass and Allen Ginsberg. When he died of AIDS-related complications in 1992, the prolific artist left behind an extensive catalog of unpublished recordings that, in the 25 years since, have firmly established him as an unsung visionary in the American music world. BAM is proud to present the first-ever public exhibition of Russell’s scores, notes, and intimate practice tapes, accompanied by a film screening, musical tribute, and in-depth conversation.

Co-organized by: Nicole Will, independent curator Jonathan Hiam, curator, American Music Collection and the Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Identifier 2017s.IN.00301
VenueOpera House
top billingArthur Russell