Artist MOLLY JOYCE
Curator SANDY GUTTMAN
Project Participants ROBIN LYNNE MARQUIS, DAVID FURUKAWA & Vision Resident JJJJJEROME ELLIS
Originally Premiered: June 2, 2021
Run Time: 63 Minutes
MOLLY JOYCE was recently deemed one of the “most versatile, prolific and intriguing composers working under the vast new-music dome” by The Washington Post. Her music has additionally been described as “serene power” (New York Times) and written to “superb effect” (The Wire). Her work is concerned with disability as a creative source. She has an impaired left hand from a previous car accident, and her primary instrument is the electric vintage toy organ, an instrument that engages her disability on a musical level. Her projects have been presented at TEDxMidAtlantic, Bang on a Can Marathon, Danspace Project, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Classical:NEXT, National Sawdust, and featured in outlets such as Pitchfork, Red Bull Radio and WNYC’s New Sounds. Molly is a graduate of Juilliard, Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Yale, alumnus of the YoungArts Foundation and currently serves on the composition faculty at New York University and Wagner College.
SANDY GUTTMAN is an Assistant Curator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, where she has supported a number of projects including Manifesto: Art x Agency, Pat Steir: Color Wheel, Charline von Heyl: Snake Eyes, Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors and Yoko Ono: Four Works for Washington DC and the World. Guttman attended the Museum and Exhibition Studies program at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she conducted research on creating accessible programming within cultural space, through staging public programs featuring disability artists in collaboration with the Bodies of Work Festival. She has an interest in museum inclusivity and is working to bring accessible programs to the Hirshhorn through the museum’s Accessibility Task Force. She is a founding editor of the arts and culture publication FWD: Museums.
ROBIN LYNNE MARQUIS has over a decade of experience leading initiatives, programming and community collaborations with cultural institutions of all sizes and people of all ages. They currently serve as the Community Outreach Coordinator for Access Smithsonian and as the Accessibility Manager for The Peale. As an artist with a disability, Marquis is part of a national network of thought-leaders shaping the conversation about accessibility in the arts while contributing to local efforts that combine creativity, education and activism to achieve positive social change. As a Baltimore-based accessibility consultant, Robin provides education and support to arts and cultural organizations committed to making spaces accessible for and inclusive of people with disabilities. They hold an MFA in Community Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art.
JJJJJEROME ELLIS is a blk disabled animal, stutterer and artist. Through music, literature, performance and video, he explores intersections between blkness, stuttering and divinity. Prayer, water, collage silence. He researches, rehearses and reimagines the clinical, musical, poetic, political, racial and spiritual dimensions of stuttering. His work proposes that blkness and stuttering are technologies of refusal, possibility and reparation. His diverse body of work includes: contemplative soundscapes using saxophone, flute, dulcimer, electronics and vocals; scores for plays and podcasts; albums combining spoken word with ambient and jazz textures; theatrical explorations involving live music and storytelling; and music-video-poems that seek to transfigure historical archives.