Artists Studio: Rodney McMillian

“[Rodney McMillian] has rigorously honed his craft.”

History must be remembered, analyzed, and reworked to inform the current discourse and future discourses. This seminal theory lies at the heart of conceptual artist, writer, and performer Rodney McMillian‘s Hanging with Clarence. This performative work combines text from Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ polarizing 1985 commencement address at Savannah State University—rich with conservative views on social programs and race—with funk-rock songs written by the artist, George Clinton and Fuzzy Haskins, and others. Performed by McMillian and talented back-up singers Tekeytha Fullwood and Shauna L. Howard, the resulting happening is part musical theater salon, part rock concert, and part spiritual testimony that all perfectly intertwine to further the artist’s ongoing exploration of history, race, and identity politics.


The 2022 Artists Studio series is supported in part by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Photo: Katie Falkenberg

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October 15, 2022

Saturday, October 15, 2022 at 7:00pm & 9:00pm
Tickets: $45 (plus fees)

Please note this performance uses strobe lighting effects.

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