As you may remember, Arthur Russel's archives -- including never-before-heard recordings, as well as photographs, lyrics and notes -- were acquired by the New York Public Library. Some of those items will be available to the public as part an exhibition titled "Do What I Want: Selections from the Arthur Russell Papers" which happens at BAM from March 1 - May 14:

Peruse Russell’s notes and scores, listen to never-before-heard tapes, and delve deep into the electronic music pioneer’s creative process. These materials are on display for the first time to the public through the generosity of Tom Lee (Russell’s partner).

There's an opening reception for the exhibition on March 8 at Diker Gallery Café and Natman Room (in the Peter Jay Sharp Building) from 6-8 PM.

Along with the archive exhibition, there will be an Arthur Russell film night at BAM Rose Cinemas on April 20 with "A twin tribute to composer and avant-garde visionary Arthur Russell: the dreamily impressionistic documentary Wild Combination screens alongside a rare Russell performance captured on video." The screening also includes a post-show panel discussion with the following guests:

  • Matt Wolf - Director of Wild Combination
  • Steve Knutson - Owner, Audika Records
  • Tom Lee - Arthur Russell’s partner
  • Jonathan Hiam - Co-curator of Do What I Want: Selections from the Arthur Russell Papers
  • Moderated by Nicole Will - Co-curator of Do What I Want: Selections from the Arthur Russell Papers

Tickets for the screening go on sale March 13 to BAM members and March 20 to the general public. Watch the trailer for Wild Combination below.

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