Knit 1, Risk All, a series of musical performances organized by Just Above Midtown Gallery at the Knitting Factory, 47 East Houston Street, 1987. Pictured: Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris. Photo: Doug Vann

In conjunction with the exhibition Just Above Midtown: Changing Spaces, the JAM Performance Festival continues the path-making gallery’s commitment to live art with new works by artists who performed at the downtown Manhattan gallery during the 1980s.

Throughout the final weeks of the exhibition, three new projects bring forth JAM’s spirit of improvisation, collaboration, and experimentation. Artist, vocalist, and dramatist Alva Rogers presents Topsy-Turvy; Vernon Reid, Greg Tate’s Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber, and special guests come together for Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris Conduction ® with Vernon Reid, the late cornetist and composer’s signature approach to structured improvisation; and Senga Nengudi Fittz and Kaylynn Sullivan TwoTrees, JAM alumni, premiere their first collaboration, Tying & Un-Tying.

Organized by Thomas (T.) Jean Lax, Curator, with Lilia Rocio Taboada, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Media and Performance, in collaboration with Linda Goode Bryant and Marielle Ingram. With thanks to Amber Edmond, Curatorial Fellow. Performances produced by Lizzie Gorfaine, Producer, and Kate Scherer, Manager and Producer, with Aminah Ibrahim and Kayva Yang, Assistant Performance Coordinators, Performance and Live Programs.


Media and Performance at MoMA is made possible by Hyundai Card Performance Series.

Major support is provided by MoMA's Wallis Annenberg Director's Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art.

Generous funding is provided by the Lonti Ebers Endowment for Performance and the Sarah Arison Endowment Fund for Performance.