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Ariel Jackson

Ariel Jackson, The Origin of the Blues

The RISD Museum is in a transitional phase right now – fall exhibits haven’t opened yet and the European galleries are still under construction – but it’s worth checking out The Origin of the Blues, Ariel Jackson’s four minute video which is currently on display in the museum’s media gallery. Set to a haunting soundtrack (courtesy of Sun Ra and French jazz duo Cortex), Jackson narrates in the voice of Confuserella, a character who often reappears in the artist’s work. Confuserella explains that she left her home planet Panfrika to a place called Plastica in order “to get my degree in finding the origin of the blues.” Though animated pyramids open to reveal traumatic imagery of black suffering, the video ends on a hopeful note, as a young boy insists to an interviewer that he’s not willing to wait any more.

By the way, the RISD Museum recently announced that it’s now permanently free for anyone under 18.

August 29 2017

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Date: August 29, 2017
Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cost: $12
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RISD Museum

20 North Main Street
Providence, RI 02903 United States

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