Performances · Exhibition-Related

“Young Lords and Their Traces” Organ Activations

Featuring Members of The Black Monks

Cover Image:

Theaster Gates, A Heavenly Chord, 2022 (still). © Theaster Gates. Courtesy Theaster Gates. Videography: Ben Kolak

In celebration of the opening weekend of “Theaster Gates: Young Lord and Their Traces,” daily activations of A Heavenly Chord (2022) will feature members of The Black Monks playing the organ on the Fourth Floor. Gates’s musical collaborators, The Black Monks are inspired by the music traditions of the Black South and East Asian monastic customs. Free with Museum admission.

Activation Dates & Times

November 10, 7–9 PM
Performer: Michael Drayton (organist)

November 11, 2–4 PM
Performer: Duane Patrick (organist)

November 12, 11AM–3PM
Performer: Duane Patrick (organist)


The program will be presented onsite at the New Museum, free with Museum admission. Vaccination and masks are strongly recommended, but not required to enter. Please review the New Museum’s COVID guidelines in advance of your visit.


We strive to make our programs as accessible as possible. For full accessibility information, including services available by request, please click here.


Support for “Theaster Gates: Young Lords and Their Traces” can be viewed here.

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