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511 | Sports and Belief with Marc Bamuthi Joseph
511 | Sports and Belief with Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Saturday, November 4 | 6 - 7 PM
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Edlis Neeson Theater
220 E Chicago Ave | Chicago, IL | 60611
  • Members: $10
  • Public: $15
  • Students and Teachers: $7

“A dance about the economy, choreographed to the rhythm of the beautiful game.” — Marc Bamuthi Joseph

In 2015, Marc Bamuthi Joseph brought a preview of his multi-disciplinary performance /peh-LO-tah/ to CHF audiences. Now he returns to talk about the connection between sports, politics, and belief. Joseph uses poetry, performance, and soccer to explore how teamwork or group movement can be a bridge for discussing immigration, international diplomacy, and global economies. Join him in conversation with his long-time friend and fellow poet, Roger Bonair-Agard.

The annual Richard Gray Visual Art Series recognizes a significant gift from founding CHF board member and distinguished art dealer Richard Gray and is presented in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.


Marc Bamuthi Joseph is a 2017 TED Global Fellow, an inaugural recipient of the Guggenheim Social Practice initiative, and a winner of the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. He co-founded the Life is Living Festival, and has been commissioned by the Brooklyn Museum to produce “the restless dead”, a series of site specific performed elegies for Brooklyn-born ghosts. Joseph’s new libretto with Bill T. Jones for the Opera Philadelphia premieres this fall. He currently serves as Chief of Program and Pedagogy at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

A rabid fan of the beautiful game, Roger Bonair-Agard is a native of Trinidad & Tobago, and Brooklyn. He is a two-time winner of the National Poetry Slam and has appeared on numerous occasions on HBO's Def Comedy Jam. Roger is Writer-in-Residence at National Sawdust, co-founder of NYC's Louder Arts Project, and frontman for the band Miyamoto is Black Enough, a founding member of NYC's Vision INto Art, and creator and facilitator of The Baldwin Protocols: Reading Series. He is Program Director with Free Write Arts & Literacy at Cook County Juvenie Temporary Detention Center.

  • Richard Gray Visual Art Series
  • On sale to members on 9/19 at 10am and on sale to public on 9/26 at 10am.