Mendi + Keith Obadike: Sound, Structures, and Site

Illuminated building with bright stripes of yellow, blue, and some orange with a group of onlookers in front at night.
Book of Light.
Inside of a light gray building lit with a light yellow hue with glass projections featuring a human eye throughout the hallway.
Book of Light. Anyanwu.


Mendi and Keith Obadike are sound artists who work at the intersection of art, music, and literature. They have exhibited and performed at The New Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Museum of Modern Art. Their early works include a series of internet artworks that have been widely exhibited and anthologized by major museums and new media art institutions. Their later projects include a series of large-scale, public sound artworks: Blues Speaker (for James Baldwin) – a 12 hour, 24 channel musical work – at The New School and Free/Phase at the Chicago Cultural Center & Rebuild Foundation, among others. Mendi + Keith have released recordings on Bridge Records and books with Lotus Press and 1913 Press. Their honors include a Rockefeller New Media Arts Fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award among others. Their recent projects are Anyanwu, a public sound installation; Book of Light, a sound and light show commissioned by Carnegie Mellon University; Lift, a meditation on the the song known as the Black National Anthem ("Lift Ev'ry Voice And Sing"); the overnight (8 hour) musical work, Lull, a sleep temple; and a sound-film entitled, The Sun

Supported by the Tenaglia family and cosponsored by the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art and the Rose Goldsen Lecture Series.

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