Carl Craig: Party/After-Party Vinyl Launch and Signing

Tuesday, September 13, 2022, 6–8 pm, Dia Chelsea

Event Details
Tuesday, September 13, 2022, 6–8 pm

Dia Chelsea
537 West 22nd Street
New York, New York

Free. This event is currently at capacity. 

To celebrate the release of the LP box set Carl Craig: Party/After-Party, Dia is hosting a listening party and signing event with Carl Craig, which will feature remarks from the artist and Jessica Morgan, Dia’s director. The LP will be available for purchase for the first time at the launch.

In 2020 Dia premiered the large-scale installation and sound work Party/After-Party (2020) by acclaimed Detroit-based techno DJ and producer Carl Craig. This work was Craig’s first commission for an art institution and culminated a five-year engagement with Dia. Party/After-Party (2020) lives on in this box set of two vinyl LPs featuring four tracks of studio versions of the artist’s commission and live recordings at Dia Beacon. The LPs are supplemented by a sixteen-page booklet of liner notes that include an introduction to the project by exhibition curator Kelly Kivland; a note on the work’s technical components by Dia’s manager of exhibition technology Randy Gibson; a consideration of the work in light of Black musical traditions and the city of Detroit by writer, media theorist, and curator DeForrest Brown, Jr.; and a reflection on the commission by Peter L’Official, associate professor of literature and director of American Studies at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.

This release is made possible, in part, by generous support from Bottega Veneta. The LP is distributed by Craig’s Planet E Communications.

The LP will be available for purchase from Dia’s online bookshop and at Dia Beacon and Dia Chelsea beginning September 13.

Carl Craig was born in Detroit in 1969. He began his career in the late 1980s as a DJ and producer, and soon came to prominence within the Detroit techno scene. Craig is frequently acknowledged as one of the field’s most wide-ranging artists, integrating inspirations and sounds from a variety of musical genres into his work. He has released several recordings on both his own Planet E Communications record label, which celebrates its thirtieth anniversary this year. In 2020 Craig’s commission by Dia Art Foundation to create a sound installation was realized in Beacon, New York. In 2021 he collaborated with Bottega Veneta’s creative director, Daniel Lee, to create Runway, a series of site-specific sonic sculptures and minimal light installations at the historic Michigan Building Theater in Detroit. In early 2022 the Carl Craig Synthesizer Ensemble partnered with New York’s Carnegie Hall for the Afrofuturism Festival. Also in 2022, for the 59th Venice Biennale, Craig performed a special set in the naval complex Tese 98, in celebration of artist Stan Douglas’s participation in the Canada Pavilion.

Jessica Morgan is Dia’s Nathalie de Gunzburg Director.

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