In Journal Sentinel article, The Year In Art and Architecture, she poses the question, “What is the role of artists in a time of political and social tumult?” While Schumacher doesn’t attempt to answer the question herself in the article, she identifies several artists and architects who grappled with the subject this year. Among them is Christopher McIntyre Perceptions and his work, Br(OK)en Genius, which premiered at South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center as part of our 2014-15 Performing Arts Series in November. Schumacher names C.M.P. as 2015 Artist to Watch, and had this to say about Br(OK)en Genius:
This is an excerpt from an interview with WUWM’s Rachel Owens & McAllister Writt, published on November 21, 2014.
We first met Christopher McIntyre Perceptions, or C.M.P., this summer, just ahead of Milwaukee’s Bronzeville week. At that point, the members of Br(OK)en Genius had already been crafting their performance for over six months. November has finally arrived, and today marks the debut of Br(OK)en Genius at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center.
Five members of the production, Brit Nicole (spoken-word), Firey Phoenix (spoken-word), Monique-Elise (violin), Montreal Cain (musical director, piano) and C.M.P., joined WUWM’s Rachel Owens to talk about their inspirations and aspirations for their performance art group.
Br(OK)en Genius is a musical, visual, literary, and performance art experience based on C.M.P.’s own story, “A Child of the City of Milwaukee.” Describing himself as “born broken,” yet seeking healing with hope, he questions the cultivation of genius within each person. Creating the atmosphere of a “living movie,” six spoken word artists narrate the story, scored by three musicians, complementing the photography of C.M.P.