David Velasco, photo: Ryan McNamara

David Velasco Teaches Adrian Piper's “Funk Lessons”

Wherein we prepare to celebrate the divine rhythmic philosophy of GET DOWN AND PARTY. TOGETHER.

Funk Lessons was an audience-interactive performance staged by Adrian Piper at the University of California in Berkeley, among other locations, between 1982 and 1984. Like the performance, the related video work addresses the ambiguous status of African-American working-class music and dance as serious contributors to American art and culture. In the performance, Adrian Piper taught the audience how to listen—and dance—to funk: they were invited to get down and party together.

David Velasco is Editor-in-Chief of Artforum International Magazine. We are very honored to be allowed to translate this performance with him for the very first time.

The admission is free. The exhibition Museum is on view until Sunday, 16 February 2020 at MUSEUMMMK and ZOLLAMTMMK.


15 February 2020, 18:00


Domstraße 10
60311 Frankfurt am Main