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Performance Lab + INVERSE Performance Art Festival » Stories From the Trees by Paul Rucker

Stories From the Trees is a multi-disciplinary performance by visual artist, composer, and musician Paul Rucker. The work features Rucker performing a live soundtrack on cello to animated re-imaginings of vintage lynching postcards. Based on one survey, 4,742 African Americans were murdered by lynching between 1882 and 1968. The performance will bring to life the different lynching scenarios, examining the places where communities gathered with women and children to proudly watch these atrocities. The images shown in the performance will suggest those of postcards that were made as common practice from photographs of lynchings. Many of these postcards are from the personal collection of the artist and will be on view during the show.

Rucker’s performance will kick off Northwest Arkansas’s INVERSE Performance Art Festival, which will continue throughout the night with politically-charged performances hosted by INVERSE in various Museum spaces.

Sponsored by Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, Demara Titzer, and JTH Productions.

$10 ($8 for Members), register online or with Guest Services.



March 30, 2017
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Early Twentieth-Century Art Gallery