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Moon Songs: Kevin Coval

Portrait of Kevin Coval

The natural world: Reflections on Halsted

In this conclusion of the Smart Museum of Art’s Moon Songs series, join Kevin Coval for a Sunday afternoon of ekphrasis and Chicago stories in dialogue with the works of sculptor Ruth Duckworth.

FREE, but space may be limited. Advanced registration requested.


Inspired by an anecdote about Ruth Duckworth and a friend climbing to the roof of her studio in a former pickle factory to sing a song to the full moon, the Smart Museum of Art has invited Chicago-based musicians and poets to reflect on the interconnectivity of life through performances around the time of the full moon.

Black Moon Trio – Sow the Seeds
Friday, September 29, 6 pm

The Study at University of Chicago

Angel Bat Dawid – A Geomorphological Afro-Sonic Score of the Works of Ruth Duckworth
Saturday, October 28, 6 pm

Smart Museum of Art

Kevin Coval – The natural world: Reflections on Halsted
Sunday, November 26, 3 pm

Smart Museum of Art

About Kevin Coval

Kevin Coval is an Emmy-nominated, award-winning writer, filmmaker and author of over a dozen collections & anthologies including The Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the age of Hip-Hop and A People's History of Chicago. Coval is a creative consultant helping brands, such as Apple, Nike, Adidas, Beats, Gatorade and more, tell stories and create innovative programs. His writing has been featured on/in HBO, The Daily Show, National Public Radio, The New York Times, Source Magazine, & more. He has been awarded grants, fellowships and residencies from the MacArthur Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, The Kennedy Center, Lannan Foundation and more, and has shared stages with The Migos & Nelson Mandela performing on four continents across hundreds of cities around the globe. Coval is a Senior Advisor at Interfaith America and founder of the production and consulting company Breakbeat Creatives.