During the first 100 days of the new Presidential administration, MoMA PS1 is hosting Laboratory For Freedoms, a residency with the artist-run “super PAC” For Freedoms. As part of VW Sunday Sessions, For Freedoms presents a live concert by Reverend Sekou and The Seal Breakers. Noted activist, author, documentary filmmaker and theologian Reverend Sekou is a third generation Pentecostal preacher. For this performance, Sekou is joined by The Seal Breakers—a Brooklyn-based twelve piece band with five horns and a Hammond B3 organ—for a concert celebrating love, truth, and moral defiance inspired by protest music from African American church traditions.
In an 1802 letter, Thomas Jefferson wrote: “I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.” Responding to Jefferson’s famous words, For Freedoms seeks to challenge the contemporary art world’s presumed secularism by holding a Sunday revival celebration in the VW Dome at MoMA PS1. The event explores the tenet of freedom to worship—one of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “four freedoms,” from which the PAC derives its name—and continues the residency’s investigation into ways in which art can inspire deeper political engagement.