Please join us for a special evening with artist Rudy Shepherd on Saturday, October 13th at 7:30 PM.

As part of the exhibition related programming for ArtYard’s exhibition, The Unlikely Whole, artist Rudy Shepherd will present a performance called Healing Music for a Troubled World in ArtYard’s gallery where Shepherd’s sculptures, the Black Rock Negative Energy Absorbers are on display.

Black Rock Negative Energy Absorbers (black sculptures). Photo by Paul Warchol
On the background from left to right are the works of Amy Cunat, Osamu Kobayashi, and Kenny Rivero

This performance will include Shepherd (as the Healer) on midi controller, theremin and various noise-making objects, Brian Alfred on guitar, Rob Nadeau on keys, Ethan Meyer on drums and Christof Knoche on saxophone, performing healing music as the Black Rock Negative Energy Absorbers. This performance combines elements of jazz improvisation, experimental/noise music and performance art to create a type of séance in which the performers and viewers are lifted out of the current political moment and brought to a place of cathartic release.

The event will be followed by a brief artist talk with Rudy Shepherd. To learn more about Shepherd’s work, you can visit:

PLEASE NOTE: This will be a standing performance in ArtYard’s gallery. Limited assisted seating will be available.

Based in New York City, Rudy Shepherd received a BS in Biology and Studio Art from Wake Forest University and an MFA in Sculpture from the School of Art Institute of Chicago. He has been in group exhibitions at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, NY, The Studio Museum of Harlem, NY, Bronx Museum of Art, NY, Art in General, NY, Triple Candie, NY, Socrates Sculpture Park, NY, Cheekwood Museum of Art, TN, Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, CT, Southeastern Center of Contemporary Art, NC, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, IL, Tart Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Analix Forever Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland and solo exhibitions at Mixed Greens Gallery, NY, Regina Miller Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.

He has been awarded Artist in Residence at PS1 National/International Studio Program, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY, Artist in Residence Visual + Harlem, Jacob Lawrence Institute for the Visual Arts, New York, NY and Emerging Artist Fellowship, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY, Artist in Residence, Location One, NY and most recently at the Process Space Artist in Residence Program Governors Island, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY.
He is currently represented by Mixed Greens Gallery, NY.

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