Spring term ’19 Artist-in-Residence

Daniel Kojo Schrade

Please join the Studio Art Department in welcoming spring term ’19 Artist-in-Residence, Daniel Kojo Schrade, with his exhibition :listenings

Artist talk at 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Apr. 2, 2019, in the Loew Auditorium, Black Family Visual Arts Center. Opening reception to follow in the Jaffe-Friede Gallery, Hopkins Center for the Arts.

:listenings will be on display from Apr. 2 – May. 1, 2019, in the Jaffe-Friede Gallery. 

In his latest :listenings series of paintings, Daniel Kojo Schrade explores the entangled histories of Africa and Europe through the medieval epic poem Percival. His chosen character is the enigmatic bard Kyot, oral source of Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzival, a 25,000-verse epic poem written in the early years of the 13th century.

Kyot introduced Eschenbach to the story, which emphasizes multiple characters from the African continent. Schrade’s :listenings series is dedicated to this bard who remains an enigmatic character as nothing is known about his origin or biography. Underlining Kyot’s initiating role in the development of the epic poem, Schrade claims that the name “Kyot” may be derived from the title “Griot.”

Griots are West African poets, musicians and historians and present epics that tell about historical events and characters. In doing so, they preserve the orally passed down knowledge and history, a means sensible to time, modification, and oblivion.