Last year, the multifaceted California-based artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph was in residency at the Walker Art Center. During that time, he posed the question "what sustains life in your community?" to local artists and community organizations as part of his Life Is Living project, "a model for partnerships between diverse and under-resourced communities, green action agencies, and the contemporary arts world." The project took place, in part, on the Walker's Open Field. Some of Joseph's findings have been incorporated into the spoken word/dance/theater performance "red, black & GREEN: a blues," premiering this weekend. Environmental justice is at the core of the work. So is "the community engagement principle [which] is the reason for the piece itself," he said last year. "I'm also interested in finding ways artistically to complicate the relationship between the performing arts and the visual arts." The set for the piece, created by Chicago-based visual artist/activist Theaster Gates by reusing building materials and clay objects, will be open to the public on the stage of the McGuire Theater Friday and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.
March 15-17, 8 p.m., 2012