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CenterSeries presents
INK: An original, creative zoom lecture in celebration of the WCMA collection
Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 7:00PM

Virtual Event
'62 Center for Theatre and Dance
Williamstown, MA 01267

This event will be a Zoom “meeting” style event. Audience members will be seen by the artists and fellow audience members. This event will be recorded for archival purposes.

James & Jerome (James Harrison Monaco and Jerome Ellis) have spent years combining electronic music and the art lecture form to explore museum collections in an imaginative new way. In November 2019, NYC-based musician-storytellers James & Jerome were artists-in-residence at the Williams College Museum of Art. Along with media designer Shawn Duan, they explored the museum’s collection, drawing inspiration from objects across centuries and global cultures.

This was all intended to build to a run of live performances in the auditorium of WCMA this spring. Now, instead, on May 6th the artists will transform the essence of their work into a zoom lecture/musical experience. Susan Sontag famously wrote, In place of a hermeneutics, we need an erotics of art. This will be a way of exploring that idea.

James & Jerome (James Harrison Monaco and Jerome Ellis) are a duo of musician-storytellers based in New York. They make hyper-literary, live-music story performances for theaters and other spaces. Their work has been presented by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center Education, La MaMa, the Under The Radar Festival, Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, Ars Nova, and The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, among others. They often collaborate with directors Rachel Chavkin, Andrew Scoville, and Annie Tippe. Recent James & Jerome projects include: The Conversationalists (The Bushwick Starr), Piano Tales (La MaMa, Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, Lincoln Center Education, etc.), Ink (Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Brick, BRIC Arts Media), Aaron/Marie (Under The Radar Festival, Ars Nova), and They Ran and Ran and Ran (HERE Arts). They have developed their work at residences with The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, The Public Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and BRIC Arts Media, and they were members of the Public Theater’s inaugural Devised Theater Working Group.