"Singer-songwriter Tift Merritt collaborates with painter Anna Schuleit to create an improvisatory tapestry of visual art and song."
The New Yorker has called Merritt “the bearer of a proud tradition of distaff country soul that reaches back to artists like Dusty Springfield and Bobbie Gentry,” a standard upholding that got underway in earnest with Bramble Rose, the 2002 solo debut that put her on the Americana map forever. As her sophomore album, Tambourine, was followed by Another Country and See You on the Moon, Merritt found acclaim coming not just from critics and awards organizations but her own heroes, like Emmylou Harris, who marveled that Merritt “stood out like a diamond in a coal patch.” Now a leading lady in her own right, Merritt is hardly one to hog the spotlight. She engages in dialogue with fellow artists of all disciplines on her public radio broadcast and podcast “The Spark With Tift Merritt,” bringing in fellow sojourners ranging from Patty Griffin and Rosanne Cash to Rick Moody and Nick Hornby (who devoted a chapter to Merritt in his book 31 Songs).
Anna Schuleit is a visual artist whose work lies at the intersection of art, architecture, history, science, and community. Her projects have ranged from small-scale room installations made with paint, to large-scale projects using extensive sound systems, live sod, thousands of flowers, mirrors, antique telephones, bodies of water and now, neuroscience technologies. She has worked closely together with fellow artists, students, nurses, patients, doctors, state agency officials, scientists, historians, dancers, sociologists, musicians and children. She is currently collaborating with a team of neuroscientists at Columbia Medical School, discovering a new drawing method that, rather than using one's hands, is based on recording the movements of the pupils with eye-tracking computers. Anna received her BFA in painting in 1998 from the Rhode Island School of Design, and in 2006 was named a MacArthur Fellow.
7:30 pm doors, 8 pm show.