Tracie Morris Talks Back: Race, Sound, Power and Politics

NY Artist Returns to Tucson after 8-year Political Hiatus


Kore Press Presents Race, Sound, Power and Politics
Provocative Dinner Theater with Tracie Morris

February 21, 2017 – TUCSON, AZ: Kore Press brings artist, actor, experimental vocalist and scholar, Tracie Morris to Tucson, after an 8-year political hiatus, that she, along with many other performing artists, initiated in response to SB1070 legislation, believing the bill opened the door to racial profiling.

Morris performs vital work that explores diversity and class issues, using sound and performance to respond to the tumult in current national life. In An Evening with Tracie Morris, the artist will perform her sonically rich variation of a well-know Stanley Kubrick film, Eyes Wide Shut, injecting a black female perspective into a story where it does not exist.

Morris’ work resonates with Southern Arizona’s long-standing commitment to its diverse citizenry, cultures and traditions. Kore Press aims to raise public awareness about the power of art to inspire empathy, critical public dialog, and empower the strength of a just and civil society. The engagement offers opportunities for diverse communities to connect with one another across gender, race, and class differences and promote critical thinking about power inequities.

Embraced nationally by the literary and by the contemporary art world, Morris performs in museums like the MOMA, the Whitney, Guggenheim, DIA: Chelsea, the New Museum. The provocative dinner theater event in Tucson will take place on Friday, April 7,

5-9 pm, at the historic Scottish Rites Cathedral—a perfect local space for this unique vocal work of cultural commentary that raises questions about sound and culture, power and silence.

Versions of Morris’ performance can be found in her latest book, handholding: 5 kinds, (Kore Press 2016), a literary work which experiments with contemporary artists on race, gender, sexuality, class, power, and art.


Calendar of Events

Performance: “Tracie Morris Talks Back.” Provocative dinner theater event, at the Scottish Rites Cathedral. Friday, April 7, 5-9 pm. UA Professor Dr Stephanie Troutman will lead talk back with the aritist on-stage after the performance. 

Meet the Author: Tracie Morris, at the University of Arizona Museum of Art, 1031 N Olive 85721, Thursday, April 6, 3-5pm. Join visiting author Tracie Morris for a meet-n-greet, talk and reading from her recent book of vocal and poetic experiments. Works from the collection by John Cage and Kurt Schwitters (featured in Morris’ new book) will be on view. FREE and open to the public.

Panel Discussion: “Sound & Politics,” at the Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center, 564 S Stone Ave, 85701, Saturday, April 8, 12:30-2pm. Join “noise” musicians and scholars Tracie Morris, Mark Hosler, and Bob Ostertag for an interactive conversation on how sound shapes politics, history, activism, and protest. The panel is part of the Tucson Noise Symposium. FREE

Performance: Collaborators Noise Showcase, Steinfeld Warehouse, 101 W Sixth St, 85701, Saturday, April 8, 3-5pm. Tracie Morris and poet – musician Sam Ace will create a collaborative-improvisational set. The showcase is part of Tucson’s Noise Symposium, co-sponsored by POG, UA Poetics Research Group, and Tucson-Poetry Festival. FREE or by donation.

Workshop: Sound and Body, Dunbar Pavillion, Sunday, April 9, 9am-noon, 325 West 2nd St, Tucson.

Tracie Morris leads a workshop on how sonic intent and sonic exploration can be cultivated as a way of creating page-based, physically-embodied poetics. Discussion, freewriting, body work, play, writing and revision with sound. $40

For more information, please contact Kore Press at (520) 327-2127 or visit to buy tickets. Seating is limited. Advanced purchase is necessary to participate in on-site food and drink offerings. No food trucks or drinks will be available for purchase onsite.

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