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Talking Music: Hiss Golden Messenger & William Gedney


Nov 11 2015


12:00 pm - 1:15 pm


Forum for Scholars and Publics

011 Old Chemistry Building, Duke's West Campus Quad

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Talking Music: Hiss Golden Messenger and William Gedney

A Conversation with M.C. Taylor, Jim Findlay, Margaret Sartor, and Tom Rankin

M.C. Taylor, leader of the band Hiss Golden Messenger, and Jim Findlay, stage director and designer, are joined by photographer and William Gedney scholar Margaret Sartor in a conversation moderated by Tom Rankin, director of Duke’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts, about Heart Like a Levee, Taylor and Findlay’s project which draws from Gedney’s 1972 collection of Eastern Kentucky photographs, housed at Duke. The conversation will explore Gedney’s influence and Taylor and Findlay’s collaboration. Heart Like a Levee premieres at Reynolds Industries Theater on Friday, November 13, and Saturday, November 14.

Free and open to the public. Light lunch served. Part of an on-going series, Talking Music: Conversations with Scholars, Writes, Archivists, and Artists, co-sponsored by Duke Performances and the Forum for Scholars and Publics. Made possible, in part, with an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and support from the Archive of Documentary Arts at David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Duke University.


M.C. Taylor

M.C. Taylor, Durham-based musical omnivore, birthed the folk rock band, Hiss Golden Messenger. "At once firmly steeped in tradition and immediately accessible" (NPR), Hiss Golden Messenger calls up a wide spectrum of American vernacular music, from Archie Brownlee to the Staple Singers, from Van Morrison to Townes Van Zandt. HGM…...

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Jim Findlay

Jim Findlay works across boundaries as a director, designer, visual artist and performer. He was a founding member of the Collapsable Giraffe and Accinosco/Cynthia Hopkins, and is a frequent collaborator with Bang on a Can, Ralph Lemon, and Ridge Theater. He worked with the Wooster Group as a company member…...

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Margaret Sartor

Duke University

As renowned photographer and William Gedney scholar, Margaret Sartor currently teaches at Duke University and is based in Durham with her husband and two children. Born and raised in Louisiana, Sartor took intimate photographs of her hometown and family, many of which appeared in a number of photographic books like In Their Mother's Eyes, Black: A…...

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Tom Rankin

Duke University

Tom Rankin is former director of the Center for Documentary Studies, professor of the practice of art and documentary studies, and director of the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University. A photographer, filmmaker, and folklorist, Rankin has been documenting and interpreting American culture for more than twenty years. Formerly associate…...

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