performance poster for A lullaby, a job, and an ass to hope for


About the Performance

Informed by mythological stories, melodrama, soap operas, R&B, and music videos, artist Kalup Linzy presents a special live musical performance titled A Lullaby, A Job, and an Ass to Hope For. As Kaye, the protagonist from his full length video Romantic Loner, Linzy will perform original songs interspersed with video interludes and will be accompanied by Ben Darwish on keyboard. With equal parts admiration and satire, Linzy’s performances address both the sincerity and absurdity found in the complexities of family, race, gender, romantic entanglement, and celebrity.

About the Exhibition
Art.Jobs.Lullabies. (Lakewood-Denver, Colorado Edition)
On view through November 24, 2015

RMCAD’s Philip J. Steele Gallery will feature an exhibition of videos and works on paper by Linzy (some works attributed to the characters featured in his videos) in conjunction with his VASD Program performance.

About the Artist
Kalup Linzy is a video and performance artist based in Brooklyn, New York, Linzy received his MFA from the University of South Florida and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Linzy’s best-known work is a series of videos that satirize the conventions of the television soap opera and imbue them with art world drama.

Linzy’s work has received many awards including the Guggenheim Fellowship, Creative Capital Foundation grant, an Art Matters Grant, and The Headlands Center for the Arts Alumni Awards Residency. His work has been exhibited at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Prospect.1 New Orleans, and MoMA PS1. Institutional collection of his work includes Whitney Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. In summer 2010, Linzy appeared alongside James Franco on the long-running ABC soap opera General Hospital in a storyline that incorporated performance art.


The suggested reading list includes various reading and media recommendations provided by the lecturer. This list of materials can include projects authored by the lecturer or others, and provides further insight into the guest’s sources of inspiration and additional context surrounding the artist/scholar/designer’s work and practice. This list is shared with RMCAD students and faculty and is archived on the website for academic integration and research opportunities. The physical materials are archived in the RMCAD campus library and the VASD Program archive.

Conversations with God: The Uncommon Dialogue – Book 1 – 3  by Neale Donald Walsch
Book – 1996-1998

The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell, Bill Moyers, and Betty Sue Flowers (ed.)
Book – 1988

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle
Book – 1997

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle
Book – 2005

One Day My Soul Just Opened Up by Iyanla Vanzant
Book – 1998

Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life by Shakti Gawain
Book – 1978

I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You by Aretha Franklin
Album – 1967

Off the Wall by Michael Jackson
Album – 1979

Live at Caesars Palace by Diana Ross
Album – 1974

High Priestess of Soul by Nina Simone
Album – 1967

Live Montreux by Marvin Gaye
Album – 1980

Live and Uncensored by Millie Jackson
Album – 1979

Whitney Houston by Whitney Houston
Self-titled Debut Album – 1985

Toni Braxton by Toni Braxton
Self-titled Debut Album – 1993

Saturday Night Live: The Best of Eddie Murphy 
DVD – 2004

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