Jerome Nerman Artist Lecture to Feature Raven Chacon

Hear the artist making some of the most engaging experimental music today. Reception at 5:30 p.m. | Lecture at 6:30 p.m.


Raven Chacon

Get an introduction to a musician who made history when the Jerome Nerman Visiting Lecture Series presents Diné composer and Pulitzer Prize-winning artist Raven Chacon.

Chacon is a composer, performer and installation artist from Fort Defiance, Navajo Nation. Chacon’s exhibits and performances — as a solo artist, collaborator or with musical ensemble Postcommodity — have taken him to Whitney Biennial, documenta 14, REDCAT, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Borealis Festival, San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, Chaco Canyon, Ende Tymes Festival, 18th Biennale of Sydney and the Kennedy Center.

Every year, he teaches 20 students to write string quartets for the Native American Composer Apprenticeship Project (NACAP). He is the recipient of the United States Artists Fellowship in Music, the Creative Capital Award in Visual Arts, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation National Artist Fellowship, the American Academy’s Berlin Prize for Music Composition, and the Pew Fellowship. His composition “Voiceless Mass” was awarded the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in Music. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Chacon’s work is included in the exhibition “Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts,” on view at the Kansas City Art Institute Gallery: Center for Contemporary Practice Aug. 18 through Oct. 30, 2022. That exhibition, curated by Candice Hopkins and Dylan Robinson and organized by Independent Curators International (ICI), poses a central question—how can a score be a call and tool for decolonization?

The Kansas City Art Institute and the Nerman Museum will co-host a performance of Chacon’s piece “American Ledger (No. 1),” Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. at Agnes Arts, 1328 Agnes Ave. Kansas City, MO 64127. The performance will be free and open to the public.

The Jerome Nerman Lecture Series was generously endowed by Central Bank of Kansas City and the Tutera Family.

A reception with light refreshments is offered at 5:30 p.m. before the lecture at 6:30 p.m.

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