lil buck to bust a move at the new museum

The phenomenally elegant dancer will explore Keith Haring’s influence on his work in a one-night-only performance this week.

by Emily Manning and i-D Staff
20 April 2015, 3:43pm

You know Lil Buck as the Yo-Yo Ma, Janelle Monae, and Madonna collaborator who broke down his hometown's signature dance, the 'Memphis Jook,' in our A-Z of Dance video. But what you might not know is that the 26-year-old phenom is presently the Harman-Eisner Artist in Residence at Colorado's Aspen Institute, and draws many an art world influence when crafting his jaw-dropping choreography. Chief among these influences is Keith Haring, the artist and activist who rose to prominence in the late 80s for his colorful paintings.

To coincide with the 25th anniversary of Haring's death from AIDS related complications in 1990, New York's New Museum will present A Conversation Between Lil Buck and Keith Haring, a one-night-only dance performance in which Buck will demonstrate how Haring's art and words have inspired his movement. Following the performance, Buck will speak with the Keith Haring Foundation's executive director, Julia Gruen, as well as the Aspen Institute Arts Program's director, Damian Woetzel.

A version of the performance was staged earlier this year in San Francisco as a part of the De Young Museum's Keith Haring: The Political Line exhibition, but Thursday's performance marks its New York debut. Buck even got to workshop his movements in Haring's former studio space.

A Conversation Between Lil Buck and Keith Haring takes place this Thursday, April 23, at the New Museum. Tickets can be purchased here


Text Emily Manning

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