A Long Evening with Christian Nyampeta
Thursday April 8, 2021
Christian Nyampeta, "In the Presence of Harry Belafonte and Miriam Makeba," 2020
A Long Evening
with Christian Nyampeta
April 8th, 2021 until further notice
97 Kenmare Street, New York, NY
Begins: Thursday, April 8th from 6-8 pm [RSVP]
Ongoing: Wednesday – Saturday from 12-5 pm until further notice
#alongevening @christiannyampeta @storefrontnyc
A year of social distancing has made time, touch, and gesture elusive. The spaces people inhabit together are increasingly temporal and psychological, rather than physical.
This extended meta-concert at Storefront for Art and Architecture spatializes artist Christian Nyampeta’s recent album, An Evening with Christian Nyampeta. Over the course of the last decade, Nyampeta has been making musical experiments as a way to commemorate the shifts caused by major events: the Fukushima nuclear disaster, police shootings, the intensification of tyrannical regimes, and the current pandemic, to name a few. Each track emerges from Nyampeta’s intimate act of seeking the company of artists, musicians, theorists, and other figures. He mixes their ideas with his own and translates these allusive collaborations into sonic compositions. In doing so, he imbues them with what he calls a sociography of emotions, collectivizing personal experiences into structures of feelings.
A Long Evening with Christian Nyampeta, like its namesake album, is presented during a brief hiatus in the regular course of operating, born as an impromptu act of solidarity. It stretches that brief period of time that sits between day and night, between public and private, between outside and inside, between what the world is and what it could be. Offering a time zone of respite from the exhaustion, loss, grief, and conflict of our current era, it instead imagines a moment of belonging, joy, generosity, and creation in the face of an ever challenging world. In the process, Nyampeta asks a crucial question that provokes a more hopeful future: how do we rest together?
About the Artist
Christian Nyampeta lives nearby Storefront, from where he organizes programs, exhibitions, screenings, performances, and pedagogical experiments in New York, the Netherlands, London, and beyond. His 2018 film Sometimes It Was Beautiful will be premiered in the US at the Guggenheim Museum on April 30th, 2021 in a solo exhibition curated by Xiaoyu Weng.
A Long Evening is presented as part of On Maintenance, Storefront’s year-long interim program in the midst of the global pandemic. The program introduces an interjection and a moment of pause in our previously scheduled programming to address aspects of maintenance and care, exploring what it means to both sustain and rehaul our spaces, our social and political systems, and our bodies and minds.
A Long Evening with Christian Nyampeta. Organized by Storefront for Art and Architecture, 2021.
Storefront for Art and Architecture Team
José Esparza Chong Cuy, Executive Director & Chief Curator
Jinny Khanduja, Deputy Director
Jessica Kwok, Gallery and Operations Manager
Storefront’s programming is made possible through general support from BKSK; DS+R; KPF; Steven Holl Architects; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; and by Storefront’s Board of Directors, members, and individual donors.