Disarm: An Interview

“To make a guitar or to make a violin or to make a drum set we were working very much like cavemen. You know blowing and scratching and banging these pieces of metal, trying to figure out how to make sound with them.”

Artist Pedro Reyes talks about the collaborative effort to produce Disarm Mechanized II (2013). This work, which will be shown as part of the PlayTime exhibition, features musical instruments created out of discarded weapons. When constructing Disarm, Reyes invited musicians to help him design and build the instruments and to compose the music they play in the gallery.

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Black Bodies at Play: An Essay

Crunk feminist and scholar Susana Morris writes, "Black folk have spent centuries defying rules and expectations about how to express joy, sadness, and laughter."
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