Parts of Speech: Tomeka Reid


This event is part of “Parts of Speech,” curated by the Museum of Contemporary Art, and is free and open to the public.

Tomeka Reid, a cellist and composer, is especially concerned with the reception of jazz and improvised music. She wonders how, without advocacy and education, this music will continue to be heard, and by whom. Reid will talk about how we listen to and misread jazz, and what the knowledge gaps in the history of the music affect contemporary criticism. Toggling between speech and performance, Reid will ask how languages and communities of speakers can look backward while moving forward, and who bears the responsibility for assembling and disseminating the history of the music.

As part of the Commons Artist Project entitled “Parts of Speech,” a series of experimental lectures take place at sites of assembly throughout Chicago and address the use of public speech to mold opinion, forge intimacy, marshal authority, and orchestrate movements. “Parts of Speech” is by Public Fiction (Lauren Mackler) with Triple Canopy. The Commons Artist Project is organized at the Museum of Contemporary Art by January Parkos Arnall, Curator of Public Programs, with Christy LeMaster, Assistant Curator of Public Programs. Learn more here.