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Under-Song for A Cipher: An Evening of Readings Selected by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

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Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Ever The Women Watchful, 2017. Oil on linen, 78 3/4 × 51 3/8 in (200 × 130.5 cm). Courtesy the artist; Corvi-Mora, London; and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Join us for an evening of readings written or selected by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, on the occasion of her exhibition “Under-Song For A Cipher.”

A cast of New York–based performers will read texts by authors including Roald Dahl, Charles Baudelaire, James Baldwin, and Yiadom-Boakye herself in a special summer public program taking place in the New Museum’s Sky Room.

Yiadom-Boakye’s creative practice moves between visual art and literature. As both a writer and a painter, she creates quotidian and otherworldly characters who emerge and develop on the page or the canvas, remaining distinct to the medium in which they were rendered. For this program, Olivia Rose Barresi, Carol Carter, Maurice McPherson, and Yvonna Pearson will read poetry, short stories, and scripts selected by Yiadom-Boakye, exploring what emerges when these texts become unmoored from their time and place of origin.


Artist talks and conversations in 2017 are sponsored by First Republic.

Generous ongoing support is provided by The Charlotte and Bill Ford Artist Talks Fund.

Education and community programs for “Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Under-Song For A Cipher” are supported, in part, by American Chai Trust.

Full support for “Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Under-Song For A Cipher” can be viewed here.

Education Supporters
Exhibition-related programs are made possible, in part, through the support of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Generous endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund; and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum

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