Do What I Want: Selections from the Arthur Russell Papers At BAM


BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) pays tribute to the prolific composer Arthur Russell in their current Spring Season. As a fixture of the New York avant-garde music scene in the 1970s and 80s, Russell combined experimental classical, disco and folk compositions to create some of the most visionary minimalist, dance and pop music of the 20th century. At the heart of the program is an exhibition of selections from Russell’s archives, which were recently acquired by the New York Public Library. Do What I Want: Selections from the Arthur Russell Papers is the first public exhibition of Russell’s work and features never-before-heard tapes, photographs, scores and notes.

Alongside the exhibition, BAM is hosting a screening of the documentary Wild Combination on Thursday, 20 April 2017 and an Arthur Russell concert on Saturday, 22 April 2017. The dream-like film is a portrait of Russell that casts a light on his rise in the underground music scene in New York City, prior to his untimely death in 1992. The concert following is a live performance of both Russell’s experimental and pop compositions, featuring his former collaborators.

Do What I Want runs until 14 May 2017 at BAM. More information about the program can be found on their website