David Zink Yi, video still. Photo by Paul Zink Yi._x1200

Being the measure

October 7, 2016 - February 19, 2017

David Zink Yi’s first museum exhibition in the United States brings together his work in sculpture, photography, music, and video. Marking his foray into live performance, Zink Yi’s original work at WCMA fuses his interests in Afro-Caribbean music and cephalopod mollusks.

Born in Peru and trained as a sculptor in Germany, Zink Yi has studied percussion in Cuba for over a decade. His interest in the ways cultural identity finds expression through the body takes many forms. Highly detailed, life-size representations of octopus will be featured alongside a new series of large-scale wooden sound sculptures. Bodies, sounds, and words will become sculptural elements in the gallery, captured in a performance video to be presented as part of the installation.


Rehearsal in Progress
Tuesday, Oct 4, 1:10-1:40 pm
Wednesday, Oct 5, 11:00-11:30 am
We’ll open up the gallery for a half hour and invite you behind the scenes to see David Zink Yi and his fellow musicians prepare for the opening performance.

Performance and Opening Celebration
Thursday, Oct 6, 5 pm
The exhibition launches with the performance by Zink Yi based on a text developed collaboratively with artist and writer Angie Keefer. Along with four musicians, Zink Yi activates wooden sound objects in the installation. 

Close Look
Thursday, Oct 13, 4 pm
Curator Lisa Dorin discusses David Zink Yi and Angie Keefer’s collaborative process and the development of the textual component of the installation.