Aug 5

Slought Foundation



Great Migration Artist Talk

Mendi + Keith Obadike will discuss their sound/video installation, Sonic Migration, a multi-media creation that explores the rich musical history of the church and the role that Tindley Temple played for newcomers during the first Great Migration. The stories of adaptation, faith and freedom of expression contained within the walls of the church dynamically emerge. Their project infuses music, light, and sonic vibration in a large scale projection of an image of a church organ on the wall of the Church while interpreting the chorus of Charles Tindley’s “A Better Home,” which expresses the spiritual longing and social aspirations of those arriving in Philadelphia seeking a better life.


Ancestral Correspondence

Ancestral Correspondence: Looking Back at Our Future uses photographs, audio and video storytelling to highlight the events motivating individuals and families to transverse vast tracts of land, to leave families, to initiate new lifestyles, and to establish themselves in unknown communities. As he traveled the Southeastern United States, Lonnie Graham explored the ways in which families stayed connected and how the stories and ideas were conveyed. Young people from the Wissahickon Boys and Girls Club worked with Graham to document and record interviews of community members who traveled from the South to create an inclusive, multigenerational project.

The Great Migration: A City Transformed (1916-1930), a project of Scribe Video Center, is supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Additional support is provided by the Department of History of Art and the Center for Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania.

Pew + Scribe


Mendi + Keith Obadike

Mendi + Keith Obadike make music, art and literature. Their works include The Sour Thunder, an Internet opera, Crosstalk: American Speech Music, and Big House / Disclosure, a 200 hour public sound installation. They have contributed sounds/music to projects by wide range of artists including loops for soul singer D’Angelo’s first album and a score for playwright Anna Deavere Smith at the Lincoln Center Institute. They were invited to develop their first “opera-masquerade” by writer Toni Morrison at her Princeton Atelier. Their music has been featured on New York and Chicago public radio, as well as on Juniradio (104.5) in Berlin.

Lonnie Graham

Lonnie Graham is an artist, photographer and cultural activist whose work addresses the integral role of the artist in society and seeks to re-establish artists as creative problem solvers. He is a Pew Fellow and Associate Professor at Pennsylvania State University. Graham is formerly Acting Associate Director of the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia Pennsylvania and served as Director of Photography at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, an urban arts organization dedicated to arts and education for at risk youth.

Collaborators John Stone and Julie Rainbow will be present.