Whitney Live hosted quite the rocking good time the last two Fridays, down in the Lower Gallery and Sculpture Court. If you missed both shows – July 10 with Real Estate/Titus Andronicus and July 17 with Grooms/Abe Vigoda – you can check out photos here:
This July’s Whitney Live series Dan Graham: Beyond the Glass kicks off this Friday with performances by Titus Andronicus and Real Estate. The show starts at 7pm and entry is first come, first served with Museum admission (which is pay-what-you-wish on Fridays from 6pm – 9pm). If it’s not raining we’ll open up the Sculpture Court as well so let’s all cross our fingers for that.
Want to get up close and personal with Titus before you head to the show? Watch this recent episode of what they dub Titus TV. The band makes these episodes while they’re on the road and besides being an honest look at what it’s like to be a touring band, they are also quite funny!
You can also check out the video they made for “Upon Viewing Bruegel’s Landscape With The Fall of Icarus”:
Fellow Jersey-ites Real Estate open the show! Hope to see you Friday!
Need to read up on Dan Graham before his Whitney retrospective opens to the public this Thursday? Find a few informative articles here.
This Friday’s Feelies performance is the first of many Graham-related events at the Whitney and elsewhere around town. Besides the four Whitney Live Friday evening shows in July, there will also be a roundtable discussion, Dan Graham in conversation with Glenn Branca, a film screening with Charles Atlas, and two family programs with Japanther.
Get more info about all of these programs here. If you desperately want tickets to this Friday’s show, follow these ticketing instructions:
* Free with Museum admission (free for members).
* Concert tickets are available on the day of the show only, beginning at 1 pm.
* Space is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
* Limit 2 tickets per person
It’s going to fill up quick!
Don’t miss this article in the NY Times by Claudia La Rocco (whoops! forgot to share it sooner!) about Colin, his work, his Whitney residency, and his recent Chocolate Factory performances.
Tix are on sale now for Whitney Live Artist in Residence Colin Gee’s performance at The Chocolate Factory (June 17 – 20). The Chocolate Factory is a young performance space in Long Island City that supports the creation of new work in a variety of disciplines including theater, dance, music, multimedia and the visual arts. They won an Obie grant this year for their intrepid cross-genre programming. We’re so happy to embark on this project with them, via Colin.
Colin has posted a few videos from Across the Road in his virtual studio.
We are super excited to finally be able to announce a fun summer concert series and other special events related to the upcoming Dan Graham retrospective at the Whitney. His first American retrospective, Dan Graham: Beyond traces the evolution of his work from early conceptual projects and performances to his films and videos, sculptures, architectural projects and pavilions, as well as his collaborations with musicians and bands such as Sonic Youth and Japanther.
For our part here at Whitney Live, we’re bringing you four evenings in July celebrating Graham’s love of rebellious, underground rock music. Here’s the line-up; we think it’s going to be super fun, very loud, and very crowded!
Four Friday Evening Concerts in July presented as part of Dan Graham: Beyond
Free with museum admission. Seating is first-come, first-served. No reservations.
July 10 at 7 pm
Titus Andronicus / Real Estate
Titus Andronicus are from Glen Rock, New Jersey, and take their name from the Shakespearean tragedy. Their sound is punk-infused Replacements-esque pop music with screaming vocals, layered guitars, and songs about suburban malaise.
Real Estate, led by singer/guitarist Martin Courtney, also has roots in the Garden State. Their songs evoke visions of tract housing, basement band practice, and wasted youth, mixing languid psychedelia, muted vocals, and a boomy undertow of drums.
July 17 at 7 pm
Abe Vigoda / Grooms
Part of the LA scene centered around The Smell, Abe Vigoda emerges from a shared background of punk, no wave, and pop. Alternating from melodic and tropical to hardnosed and heavy, Abe Vigoda’s sound is equal parts Beefheart and My Bloody Valentine with a haunting pulse and a DIY attitude all its own.
Grooms are Travis Johnson, Emily Ambruso, and Gabriel Wurzel, three friends who play a structurally mutilated brand of noise-pop featuring blissful interplay, sonic experimentation, and song destruction. Recordings have showcased sounds from broken noise-surf to campfire-seance drone. Grooms (formerly The Muggabears) continue to craft songs filled with beauty, gloom, and irony-free whimsy.
July 24 at 7 pm
Woods / YellowFever
Woods is a Brooklyn-based psych-rock band known for upbeat folk jams awash in odd studio effects, cracked fuzz, and unique vocalizations. Members Jeremy Earl, Jarvis Taveniere, and G. Lucas Crane use an idiosyncratic songwriting style to create road worn, windblown, and deeply grooved soundscapes.
Hailing from Austin, Texas, the trio YellowFever play minimal art pop that dips into waters that Young Marble Giants, Stereolab, and 80s Rough Trade bands also explored. Formed in the summer of 2006, YellowFever’s pedigree includes shared members with the band Voxtrot and tour dates alongside Thee Oh Sees, Ponytail, Ecstatic Sunshine, and HEALTH.
July 31 at 7 pm
Vivian Girls / These Are Powers
Although the Vivian Girls have only been a band for a short while, their charms have already worked magic on the road to “out of nowhere” status. Mixing 60’s girl-group sounds, punk, and shoegaze, Vivian Girls — Ali Koehler (drums), Kickball Katy (bass) and Cassie Ramone (guitar, lead vocals) — make gritty, lo-fi, aggressively fun pop tunes.
These Are Powers are a Brooklyn- and Chicago-based trio featuring Anna Barie (vocals, electronics), Pat Noecker (prepared bass, vocals), and Bill Salas (electroacoustic drums, vocals). Pummeling their way through live performances, These Are Powers use club beats, found sounds, pulses, and blips, to create a chaotic collage of vibrations.
Whitney Live artist-in-residence Colin Gee is getting ready for several shows in June at Long Island City performance space, The Chocolate Factory. If you haven’t checked out Colin’s online studio space now is a great time to get familiar with his current projects, including scenes from the Chocolate Factory show Across the Road.
The Chocolate Factory Presents
Across The Road
June 17-20, 2009
Wednesday-Saturday @ 8PM
@ The Chocolate Factory
5-49 49th Avenue
LIC, NY 11101
7 to Vernon/Jackson (1st stop in Queens)
G to 21st/Van Alast
Created and performed by Whitney Live Artist in Residence Colin Gee, Across The Road combines film and movement to set the stage for a twist on the story of divided lovers. Over the course of a day, Mark and Aoife, a young engaged couple, struggle to come to terms with Mark’s inheritance. Running a bed and breakfast on his family farm, they find themselves at odds after Mark’s father dies and leaves him with a legacy that Aoife resists. As an original film (made in and around Limerick, Ireland, with Daghdha Dance Company dancers Mark Carberry and Laura Dannequin) is projected through a series of semi-transparent “walls,” narrative forces are transformed into psychological forces at times when the characters are forced to confront critical choices, and the action of the story shifts from the screen to the stage. Gee’s precise, miniature movements interpret, interact with and respond to the film, as expectations of cinematic naturalism are subverted by the protagonist’s fracture of emotion, history, and incident.
With an orchestral score by Erin Gee (winner of a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship), Across the Road was developed in part during Colin Gee’s Whitney Live residency at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and through a series of residencies at Daghdha Dance Company in Limerick, Ireland. Across The Road was commissioned by The Chocolate Factory with support from NYSCA.
Colin Gee is searching for more iconic, unusual locations from which to create his short videos for the Portrait and Landscape series. Interior spaces requested might include a window, desk, table, sofa, bed, or large hall. Exterior locations might include, gardens, building exteriors, lawns, meadows, or fields. Further description from the artist below:
The Portrait and Landscape series is comprised of short video works conflating notions of character and location.
Access is requested to a participant’s home, office, apartment, or land, to make a short video portrait with a small digital camera and tripod. Access would be requested on two occasions: 1) to take preliminary photos (10 min.), and 2) to make the piece (30-60 min.). While the space will not be altered, minor adjustments might be requested such as raising a curtain or moving a chair. To view samples of this work please visit the Whitney Live Artist-in-Residence studio page: http://colingee.wordpress.com/portrait-and-landscape/.