your daddy’s rich (2020)

your daddy’s rich (2020) is a performance and set of scores covering the classic jazz song “Summertime.” It has been performed at la Feria de la Acción (Mexico City) and at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, IL) during the 2020 Frequency Festival.

I always thought that at least one person involved with Porgy and Bess was black. Turns out I was wrong. Porgy and Bess is actually a racist fantasy of black life written by three white artists: George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, and Dubose Heyward. I always thought Heyward, the librettist, was black because his name sounds like Dubois, as in W.E.B. Dubois. Discovering this easy-to-discover truth made me think about my own banal racism, about how that racism appears in cruising & gay hookup culture—”I’m not racist,” says the profile, “I just prefer white guys”—and about misplaced, misdirected, or repressed desire, and how that feeds into racist thought and racist fantasies.

A score for <i>your daddy's rich</i> (2020)