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Radical Presence Performance: Jamal Cyrus

Part of Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art

Join us on the Open Field for Jamal Cyrus’s Texas Fried Tenor (2012), a live performance in which the artist demonstrates how to bread and deep-fry a saxophone. He creates a new musical score and aural experience by amplifying the sound of grease in a fryer and reciting a recipe/poem. Musically, Cyrus draws on avant-garde movements of the 1960s, including improvisational jazz techniques and Fluxus-like experiments.


Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art is organized by the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.

The exhibition is supported by generous grants from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the patrons, benefactors and donors to CAMH’s Major Exhibition Fund. The catalogue accompanying the exhibition is made possible by a grant from The Brown Foundation, Inc.

The Walker Art Center’s presentation is made possible by generous support from Angela and Tom Wicka.