Hanging Out In North Adams, 8/27/09

September 3rd, 2009, 10:45 am by Sara


We’ve written about DownstreetArt before, an arts initiative organized and sponsored by the city of North Adams and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts that’s begun to snowball, making downtown North Adams an arts destination in its own right. This time, we went back for a last-Thursday-of-the-month evening of openings and performances, and we weren’t disappointed.

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LIVE: Bang on a Can meets Steve Reich @ MASS MoCA, 7/25

July 27th, 2009, 2:28 pm by Sara
Steve Reich talks about Sol LeWitt

Steve Reich talks about Sol LeWitt

“I have undying admiration for Sol LeWitt the artist, as well as Sol LeWitt the man,” declared composer Steve Reich, during an informal hour-long discussion about building bridges between art and music. Reich and LeWitt were longtime friends and mutual admirers ever since Reich first saw LeWitt’s work on exhibit at NYC’s Jewish Museum back in 1965.

Sol Lewitt: Wall Drawing 793B

Sol Lewitt: Wall Drawing 793B

Reich noted that the artists who execute LeWitt’s instructions for his wall drawings – more than 100 of which are on exhibit at MASS MoCA’s mindboggling LeWitt retrospective – are “following directions in the same way that musicians follow notation.”

Andy Meyerson and David Cossin perform Music for Pieces of Wood (for drums) in the courtyard.

Andy Meyerson and David Cossin perform Music for Pieces of Wood (for drums) in the courtyard.

Following the talk, the Bang On a Can Summer Music Festival played a gallery recital that showcased a quartet of Reich’s compositions, including “Music For Pieces of Wood,” which was performed twice – once with pieces of wood in the Building 5 Gallery and later as a drum duet outdoors.

Reich’s King for a Day experience at MASS MoCA culminated with an all-Reich concert by Bang On a Can in the Hunter Center. The evening concert included “Eight Lines” and David Cossin’s tour de force solo turn on “Piano Phase/Video Phase,” before concluding with Reich’s landmark ’76 composition, “Music for 18 Musicians,” a sprawling, hour-long work featuring the unlikely but thoroughly thrilling blend of instrumentation: four grand pianos, three marimbas, two xylophones, a metallophone, two bass clarinets (doubling on clarinet), a violin, a cello and four female voices.

Be Here Now: Lucinda Child’s “Dance” at Bard

July 8th, 2009, 10:06 am by Greg

Post-modern choreographer Lucinda Childs celebrates the 30th anniversary of her piece, “Dance,” with a revival at Bard College’s Fisher Center in Annandale-on-Hudson.

“Dance” – which opens a four-night stand on Thursday, July 9 – is a coming together of three minimalist giants. Childs’ choreography is not only set to the music of Philip Glass, but is also accompanied by a black & white film by the late Sol LeWitt.

Lucinda Childs' Dance in 1979 (photo by Nathaniel Tileston)

Lucinda Childs' Dance in 1979 (photo by Nathaniel Tileston)

The book on Sol LeWitt

July 7th, 2009, 2:05 pm by Greg

SolLewittThe opening of the gargantuan and absolutely mindboggling Sol LeWitt wall drawing retrospective exhibition at MASS MoCA last fall was one of the biggest art stories of the year.

And now MASS MoCA has finally completed the catalogue for the exhibition. Co-edited by curators Susan Cross and Denise Markonish, “Sol LeWitt: 100 Views” not only features photographs of nearly all of the 105 wall drawings on view at MASS MoCA, but also contributions from various writers, curators, musicians, architects and other artists about LeWitt’s artwork, ideas and influence.

Who, you ask?

Well, such folks as Carl Andre, David Lang, Matthew Ritchie, John Baldessari, Lawrence Weiner, Lucinda Childs, Steve Reich, Chuck Close, Alvin Lucier, Tara Donovan, Lucy Lippard and Spencer Finch, for example.

There are a total of 88 black and white, as well as 93 color illustrations in the 272-page softcover catalogue. The book is currently available for pre-order from Amazon, or you can pick up your copy now at MASS MoCA’s store Hardware or the new MASS MoCA by Design store in Williamstown, Mass.

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