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Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Apr. 4 — Apr. 5, 2014

red, black &GREEN: a blues / The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts
Washington, DC
How Can You Stay In The House All Day And Not Go Anywhere? Photo by Dan Merlo.^2 Walter Carter. Photo by Ralph Lemon.^2 Scaffold Room. Photo by Ralph Lemon^2 How Can You Stay In The House All Day And Not Go Anywhere? Photo by Dan Merlo.^2 Come home Charley Patton. Photo by Dan Merlo.^2 Come home Charley Patton. Photo by Eric Stone..^2 Scaffold Room set design^2

Ralph Lemon/Cross Performance

Ralph Lemon is Artistic Director of Cross Performance, a company dedicated to the creation of cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary performance and presentation. Lemon builds teams of collaborating artists - from diverse cultural backgrounds, countries and artistic disciplines - who bring their own history and aesthetic voices to the work. Projects develop over a period of years, with public sharings of work-in-progress, culminating in artworks derived from the artistic, cultural, historic and emotional material uncovered in this rigorous creative research process.

Lemon recently completed Four Walls, a live dance/film installation that premiered at the Experimental Media & Performing Arts Center in 2012. How can you stay in the house all day and not go anywhere?, a blend of live performance, film and visual art, toured to 6 U.S. cities in 2010; the accompanying multimedia installation, Meditation, was purchased for the permanent collection of the Walker Art Center in 2012. A re-imagined section of How can you stay was performed at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC in 2011.

Lemon curated the 2012 performance series Some sweet day at MoMA and An All Day Event, The End, a marathon performance installation that concluded the Parallels platform at Danspace Project. In 2010, he curated I Get Lost, a performance and humanities series at Danspace Project. Come home Charley Patton, his final book in a series documenting his ten-year project, The Geography Trilogy, was published in 2013 by Wesleyan University Press. Other recent projects include Paradance, a series of performed lectures, which Lemon presented at universities and art centers throughout 2011; an online installation (www.ralphlemon.net); and Rescuing the Princess, a 2009 performance commission for the Lyon Opera Ballet.

His solo visual art exhibitions include 1856 Cessna Road, Studio Museum in Harlem (2012); How can you stay in the house all day and not go anywhere?, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (2010); (the efflorescence of) Walter, Contemporary Art Center (New Orleans) (2008), The Kitchen (2007) and Walker Art Center (2006); and The Geography Trilogy, Wesleyan University (CT) (2001). He has been featured in group exhibitions at Hayward Gallery, London, UK and the Nasher Museum, Durham, NC.  Videos and photos from Lemon’s current creative research in Mississippi will be seen in When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination & the American South at Studio Museum in Harlem in 2014.

Lemon’s many awards include a 2012 Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards; a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship; a 2006 United States Artists Fellowship; Foundation for Contemporary Art Awards (1986/2012); NY Foundation for the Arts Fellowships (2004/2009); "Bessie" Awards (1986/2005); and the 1999 CalArts Alpert Award. (DELETE: Among other positions,) He has been Visiting Critic at Yale University School of Art (2013); IDA Fellow at Stanford University (2009); artist-in-residence at Temple University (2005-06); and Miller Visiting Artist at the Krannert Center (2004). He is the 2013 Annenberg Fellow at the Museum of Modern Art.