Brooklyn Museum will soon launch the U.S. debut of yasiin bey’s latest studio recording, ‘yasiin bey: Negus.’ The listening installation encompasses an eight-track, 28-minute recording “without the distractions of technology (upon entering the gallery, visitors are given a case in which to lock their mobile devices),” described the museum in a statement. Coinciding with the installation are original artworks by Ala Ebtekar, Julie Mehretu, and José Parlá. In addition, original music by celebrated pianist by Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou will also be on view.
The forthcoming presentation signals the 20th anniversary of bey’s most-iconic ‘Black on Both Sides’ album. The term ’Negus’ translates to “king” or “ruler” in Ge’ez, an ancient Semitic language of Ethiopia. The artist associates this term with those “who have led noble lives, including Henrietta Lacks and Nipsey Hussle,” as per a statement.
“yasiin bey: Negus” will be on view at Brooklyn Museum from November 15 until January 26, 2020.
Elsewhere in art, the MoMA recently unveiled photos of its $450 million USD expansion project in its New York City location.
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On the 20th anniversary of yasiin bey’s celebrated Black on Both Sides album, we present the U.S. debut of yasiin bey: Negus as a listening experience of bey’s new studio recording. Designed to encourage people to be fully present while listening to it, the recording can only be experienced in-person and will not be released in any digital or analog mediums. Tickets are on sale now! Link in bio.⠀ ⠀ On view November 15, 2019–January 26, 2020.⠀ #yasiinbeybkm⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Photo: yasiin bey (American, born 1973). Alämayyähu and yasiin, 2015. Courtesy of The Third Line. © The Third Line⠀