Live Concert: Lonnie Holley with Nelson Patton

Live Concert: Lonnie Holley with Nelson Patton

October 9, 2022 7:00 PM



Doors and Artist Talk at 6:00 PM | Show at 7:00 PM

MOCA presents a live concert with legendary musician Lonnie Holley, celebrating the final days of the exhibition The Relevance of Your Data.

Arrive at 6pm for a talk with artist Grace Rosario Perkins and curator Laura Copelin, and receive a free limited-edition risograph that documents a conversation between Perkins and her collaborators.

Lonnie Holley plays live at 7pm. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience Holley with long-time collaborators Nelson Patton in an improvised set that layers sound and language, shaped in real time. Playing amongst his sculptural works on view at MOCA, Holley’s musical performances are known for his improvisatory approach, powerful vocals, and experimental style infused with expansive jazz and blues influences. The seated performance will take place at sunset.

COVID Safety Note: All visitors and staff are required to wear masks at all times when inside the museum, regardless of vaccination status. All seating for this concert will be outdoors, weather permitting.

Food and Beverages: There will be no food or beverages served at this event, but please join us at our exclusive MOCA afterparty at The Downtown Clifton! Show your wristband at the Clifton’s Red Light Lounge for drink specials. The Downtown Clifton is located at 485 S. Stone Avenue, a five minute walk from MOCA.



About the artist:

Lonnie Holley’s (b. 1950, Birmingham, AL, based in Atlanta, GA) critically admired art practice spans painting, drawing, assemblage sculpture, sandstone carvings, and performance that combines experimental music and poetry. His work is represented in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; and Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., among many other museums. Selections of his oeuvre have been featured in institutional group exhibitions including at the NSU Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale, FL (2022); Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD (2021); Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA (2019); Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY (2018); MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA (2017); de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA (2017), among many others. Holley’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions including at the Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, NY (2021); Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA (2017); Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art; Charleston, SC (2015); Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL (2004). Holley has been the subject of several documentary films, and his own directed short film premiered at Sundance in 2018.


About the exhibition:

The Relevance of Your Data is a group exhibition that features new large-scale paintings by Grace Rosario Perkins with sculpture, video, and object interventions by Lonnie Holley, Fox Maxy, Olen Perkins, and Eric-Paul Riege that create a generous conversation about identity, land, and collectivity.