Video of the Week: Harrell Fletcher in the Performance Room

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Harrell Fletcher is an American artist who creates socially engaged interdisciplinary projects.
While completing his degree at California College of Arts and Crafts, Fletcher began collaborating with artist Jon Rubin. The two secured a space in the Rockridge neighborhood of Oakland where they began to create exhibitions about the neighborhood using neighborhood residents to help create the shows. The two would go on to collaborate for several years afterward.

Harrell Fletcher was the latest artist to create work for the Tate Live Performance Room on Thursday 28th June, you can watch the performance below. It might not be what you’d expect. An old black gentleman plays songs and talks about life for 15 minutes. Then he sits down with the artist and talks to the 2 curators. Simple and very sweet.

Fletcher is on the faculty of the Portland State University Department of Art. He has exhibited at SF MoMA, the de Young Museum, The Berkeley Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in SF, Real Art Ways in Hartford, The Drawing Center, Socrates Sculpture Park and Smackmellon in NYC, DiverseWorks and Aurora Picture Show in Houston, PICA in Portland, OR, CoCA in Seattle, WA, and Signal in Malmo, Sweden. Fletcher is represented in San Francisco by Jack Hanley Gallery, and in NYC by Christine Burgin Gallery. He was a participant in the 2004 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 2002 Fletcher started Learning To Love You More, a participatory web site with Miranda July. He has also won the 2005 Alpert Awards in the Arts in Visual Arts.

Video below: Performance artist Harrell Fletcher talks about his process and past work, and divulges his plans for his turn in the BMW Performance Room.