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In a bold diversion from her previous work, 2x Grammy Award-Winner, Corinne Bailey Rae, brings her years-in-the-making Black Rainbows project to fruition. Black Rainbows is a musical project inspired by the objects and artworks collected by Theaster Gates at the Stony Island Arts Bank in Chicago.
“I knew when I walked through those doors that my life had changed forever,” says Bailey Rae. “Engaging with these archives and encountering Theaster Gates and his practice has changed
how I think about myself as an artist and what the possibilities of my work can be.”
Wide ranging in its themes, the punk albums’ subjects are drawn from encounters with objects in the Arts Bank, a curated collection of Black archives comprising books, sculpture, records, furniture, and problematic objects from America’s past. Black Rainbows explores Black femininity, Spell Work, Inner Space/Outer Space, time collapse, ancestors, and music as a vessel for transcendence.
This performance is a special, exclusive performance of her album, Black Rainbows (Thirty Tigers / Sept 15, 2023), and will not include other material from her catalogue.