If you’ve been keeping an eye on the art scene in New York, you may have noticed that there’s a lot of music in the city’s museums. New York Times culture reporter Robin Pogrebin tells us how institutions like The Whitney, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New Museum are filling their galleries with the sound of music.
On whether it's indicative of a trend:
You used to see that performance art was marginal, but it's really making its way into the mainstream. It' no longer a separate thing -- and I think music feels like a great equalizer. It's less intimating than some visitors find fine art. What you see in all these exhibitions is a real coalescing of art forms - music, painting, sometimes a live element, video. It's all a big mix now.
On Blues For Smoke at The Whitney:
It's basically taking a time and genre and exploring it through all sorts of forms. There's a feeling of trying to immerse you in a blues aesthetic -- and the themes it raises. There's a historical element to it. It's ambitious -- not just sensory. It's trying to take you someplace and educate at the same time.
On Street by James Nares at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, with score by Thurston Moore:
It's not what you expect to find at the august Metropolitan Museum of Art. That in some ways speaks volumes about this whole trend than any other. It's a 61 minute video, basically of the streets of New York. [Nares] filmed from a moving SUV, and he captures the everyday -- it's slowed down so much that it becomes mesmerizing. [It features] Thurston Moore's 12 string guitar accompaniment, which is not necessarily melodic, it's very insistent. There's kind of an urgency about it even though as film is moving so slowly.
On NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set Trash and No Star at the New Museum:
There was a sense of breaking ground then, even though it feels like recent history to us. You wouldn't normally think of 1993 as culturally rich and as a moment -- [this] forces us go back and think, what was significant about that moment?
The exhibition takes its subtitle from Sonic Youth's 1993 album, Experimental Jet Set Trash and No Star.