StudioVU: The Department of Art Lecture Series welcomes Mendi and Keith Obadike, who will speak about their music, live art and conceptual internet artworks at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, in Wilson Hall, room 103.
Mendi + Keith began their collaboration in 1992, making conceptual internet art and sound art works. Their work has been commissioned by The Kitchen, Rhizome / The New Museum, The NY African Film Festival with Electronic Arts Intermix, Northwestern University, Bucknell University, the Yale Cabaret, Whitechapel Art Gallery in London, and The Whitney Museum of American Art. They have released two albums on Bridge Records, a book of poetry with Lotus Press, and two artists’ books, which soon will be released on 1913 Press. They are currently exhibiting their new series of sound installations, entitled African Metropole: Sonic Cities, and touring their opera-masquerade Four Electric Ghosts.
Keith received a BA in Art from North Carolina Central University and an MFA in Sound Design from Yale University. An associate professor in the College of Arts and Communication at William Paterson University, he serves as an art advisor for the Times Square Alliance.
Mendi received a BA in English from Spelman College and a PhD in Literature from Duke University. After working as a Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University, she became a poetry editor at Fence Magazine and an assistant professor in the Department of Humanities and Media Studies at Pratt Institute. Both artists grew up in Nashville, Tennessee.
The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Department of Art at 343.7241.