This program initiates “This Way,” a series of artist-designed walks and experiences that can be done anytime, anywhere. Every two weeks throughout the summer, MIT List Visual Art Center will release a new artist-led experience. Each program consists of an audio file, and a PDF text. You are welcome to choose either to engage with—they will often be the same content, and are designed to offer different but comparable entry points, depending on whether you prefer to read or listen as you begin your experience or walk. An audio transcript can also be found below, and the PDF is screen-reader enabled.
About the Artist
Morgan Bassichis is a comedic performer living in New York whose solo and collaborative works draw on stand-up comedy, music, and historical archives to activate lineages of queer and Jewish radicalism. They have been described as “fiercely hilarious” by The New Yorker and “a tall child, or, well, a big bird” by The Nation. Recent performance projects include Nibbling the Hand that Feeds Me, 2019, Whitney Museum of American Art; Klezmer for Beginners (with Ethan Philbrick), 2019, Abrons Arts Center; More Protest Songs!, 2018, Danspace Project; and The Faggots & Their Friends Between Revolutions: The Musical (with TM Davy, Don Christian Jones, Michi Ilona Osato, Una Aya Osato), 2017, New Museum; all New York. Morgan has released two music projects: a live recording of More Protest Songs! and a yearlong improvisational album with composer Ethan Philbrick, March is for Marches, 2019, Triple Canopy. Morgan edited and wrote the introduction for the republication of Larry Mitchell and Ned Asta’s 1977 The Faggots & Their Friends Between Revolutions (Nightboat Books, 2019). Their book of comedic to-do lists, The Odd Years, was published by Wendy’s Subway in 2020.