Video footage of the artist’s Grandfather explaining the Tullius’ family’s migration from ancient Rome to Oklahoma, accompanied live by original arrangements and choreography by the Yale Precision Marching Band. The performance culminates with a flaming sousaphone on the front steps of the Yale School of Art building. Commissioned for the Exhibition Making Do 2, 2007.
Making Do 2 (And the Band Played On…)
Performance and multi-channel video installation.
Part of Yale's MAKING DO 2 exhibition, curated by Robert Storr and Sam Messer.
Green Gallery, Yale University School of Art

“For much of the past two decades artists have luxuriated in an abundance of resources new and old, and in mixing and quite often deliberately mismatching them in exemplary ways. An alternative also exists. Neither a return to the purist traditional concept of "truth to materials" nor to the purist modernist one of "less is more," such an approach tends towards pragmatic invention with whatever may be at hand, and responds imaginatively to the relative quantity or scarcity of it. It can be an art of "muchness" or an "ultra povera" art of extreme spareness, it can be lasting or totally ephemeral. In essence, though, it consists of anything the artist chooses to do while making do with with a given material of their choice. Those anyway are the loosely conceived rules of the game we have asked five artists to play at the Green Hall Gallery where they will come to work in situ for a week.” - Robert Storr, Dean, Yale School of Art