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Christian Marclay

b. 1955

Christian Marclay, Video Quartet, 2002 (installation view)  2005.171
Christian Marclay, Video Quartet, 2002 (installation view). Four-channel video projection, color, sound; 17 minutes. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Painting and Sculpture Committee  2005.171

Audio

September 21, 2010
Conversations on Art:
Marclay’s Performance Work

Christian Marclay. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
Christian Marclay. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke

Christian Marclay is joined by musician Alan Licht and cultural critics Liz Kotz and Christoph Cox for a conversation on his “theater of found sound.”

August 27, 2010
Artist Talk: Marina Rosenfeld

Marina Rosenfeld. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
Marina Rosenfeld. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
Marina Rosenfeld with the dubplate she created to perform Sixity-Four Bells and a Bow. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
Marina Rosenfeld with the dubplate she created to perform Sixity-Four Bells and a Bow. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
Marina Rosenfeld with the dubplate she created to perform Sixity-Four Bells and a Bow. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
Marina Rosenfeld with the dubplate she created to perform Sixity-Four Bells and a Bow. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke

Every week during the run of Christian Marclay: Festival, we hosted artist talks with performers in the exhibition. Marina Rosenfeld performed Screen Play and Sixty-four Bells and a Bow following the talk.

August 20, 2010
Artist Talk: David Moss

David Moss with his printed copy of Manga Scroll. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
David Moss with his printed copy of Manga Scroll. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
David Moss. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
David Moss. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
David Moss. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
David Moss. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
David Moss. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
David Moss. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke

Every week during the run of Christian Marclay: Festival, we hosted artist talks with performers in the exhibition.  David Moss performed Manga Scroll following the talk.

August 13, 2010
Artist Talk: Elliott Sharp

Elliott Sharp. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
Elliott Sharp. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke

Every week during the run of Christian Marclay: Festival, we hosted artist talks with performers in the exhibition.  Elliott Sharp performed Graffiti Composition following the talk.

August 6, 2010
Artist Talk: Mary Halvorson

Mary Halvorson. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
Mary Halvorson. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
Mary Halvorson with Ephemera. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
Mary Halvorson with Ephemera. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
Mary Halvorson with Ephemera. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
Mary Halvorson with Ephemera. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
Mary Halvorson. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
Mary Halvorson. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke

Every week during the run of Christian Marclay: Festival, we hosted artist talks with performers in the exhibition. Mary Halvorson performed Pret à Porter following the talk.

July 23, 2010
Artist Talk: Sylvie Courvoisier

Sylvie Courvoisier. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
Sylvie Courvoisier. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke

Every week during the run of Christian Marclay: Festival, we hosted artist talks with performers in the exhibition. Sylvie Courvoisier performed Ephemera following the talk.

July 23, 2010
Artist Talk: Zeena Parkins

Zeena Parkins. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
Zeena Parkins. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
From left Zeena Parkins, Neil Greenberg. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
From left Zeena Parkins, Neil Greenberg. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
From left Zeena Parkins, Neil Greenberg. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
From left Zeena Parkins, Neil Greenberg. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
Parkins’ scores in reaction to Screenplay. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
Parkins’ scores in reaction to Screenplay. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke

Every week during the run of Christian Marclay: Festival, we hosted artist talks with performers in the exhibition. For this talk, Zeena Parkins is in conversation with choreographer Neil Greenberg. Parkins performed Screen Play on July 28.

July 16, 2010
Open Studio: Joan La Barbara on Manga Scroll

From left Christian Marclay, Joan La Barbara. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
From left Christian Marclay, Joan La Barbara. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
Joan La Barbara. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
Joan La Barbara. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
From left Christian Marclay, Joan La Barbara. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
From left Christian Marclay, Joan La Barbara. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
Christian Marclay. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
Christian Marclay. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
From left Christian Marclay, Joan La Barbara. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
From left Christian Marclay, Joan La Barbara. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke

Composer and performer Joan La Barbara discusses her performance of Manga Scroll and her approach to Marclay’s work. La Barbara performed this piece several times during Christian Marclay: Festival.

Video

In this video, Alan Licht performs Christian Marclay’s Wind Up Guitar (1994), a guitar that Marclay fitted with twelve music boxes.

In this video, Nicolas Collins interprets Christian Marclay’s Sixty-Four Bells and a Bow (2009) according to Marclay’s stipulation that all sounds must originate from the sixty-four glass, porcelain, and metal hand-bells.

In this video, Ulrich Krieger performs Christian Marclay’s Box Set (2008–2010). Like Russian nesting dolls, boxes adorned with musical notation are placed one inside the other, to be opened, played, and then closed by the musician.

In this video, Ikue Mori and Zeena Parkins perform Christian Marclay’s Sixty-Four Bells and a Bow (2009), in which sixty-four small hand bells are used as sound sources.

In this video, musicians Anthony Coleman and Mary Halvorson interpret Christian Marclay’s Pret-à-Porter (2010) with the help of Alberto Denis and Esther m. Palmer who model clothing decorated with musical notations.

In this video, Sylvie Courvoisier and Mark Feldman perform Christian Marclay’s Ephemera (2009), a collection of printed materials decorated with musical notation, and Shuffle (2007), a set of photographs documenting musical notation found in mundane settings.

In this video, Anthony Coleman and special guest Odeya Nini perform Christian Marclay’s Covers (2007–10) in which musicians draw inspiration from thirty record covers and attempt to play any musical notation as literally as possible.

In this video, Museum visitors participate in Christian Marclay’s newest score, Chalkboard, for which the artist turned a wall of the Whitney’s galleries into a gigantic chalkboard with musical staff lines. 

In this video, David Moss performs Christian Marclay’s Manga Scroll (2010), a vocal score that consists of onomatopoeias found in Manga comics originally published in Japan but translated into English.

In this video, Ikue Mori, Zeena Parkins and Mark Nauseef perform Christian Marclay’s Screen Play (2005), a score made from carefully edited black-and-white images overlaid with brightly colored computer-animated graphics.

In this video, Mary Halvorson and Ikue Mori Perform Christian Marclay’s Graffiti Composition (1996–2002), a score consisting of 150 unbound images documenting the public’s response to blank sheet music posted around Berlin.