Arthur Russell's Photography, Lyrics and Unreleased Songs Will Go On Display In Brooklyn
Weirdo disco king, Arthur Russell, left a trove of unreleased material, musical and otherwise, in his wake following an untimely 1992 death. A trailblazer and notorious recluse, Russell has been an unheralded pioneer in the eternally-intertwined worlds of pop and dance music throughout 30-plus years of regime changes.
This week, Russell’s archive of photographs, lyrics and unreleased music will go on display at Brooklyn Academy of Music, accompanied by a screening of Wild Combination; a 2008 documentary on the late cellist and producer, whose catalog includes credits alongside the legendary, Larry Levan, and has been recalibrated by Neon Indian, Jose Gonzalez, and perhaps most notably, Karriem Riggins, for contribution to Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo, “30 Hours” (though Riggins revealed to us that the beat was actually sent to West for 2013’s Yeezus.)
Do What I Want: Selections from the Arthur Russell Papers, arrives at Brooklyn Academy of Music on March 1st, running through May 14th, following the New York Public Library’s acquisition of the archives, from which the exhibit’s artifacts are derived. The screening of Wild Combination will take place on April 20th and is available to rent and/or buy via iTunes today. Hit the link for more information on the exhibit.