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Artist/composer Christian Marclay (b. 1955) is known for his distinctive fusion of image and sound. Celebrated as a pioneer of turntablism, Marclay transforms sound and music into visual and physical forms through performance, collage, sculpture, large-scale installations, photography, and video. This groundbreaking Whitney exhibition—activated by daily concerts and continually evolving—explores Marclay’s approach to the world around him with a particular focus on his “graphic scores” for performance by musicians and vocalists. Visitors to the Whitney will be encouraged to mark up a wall-sized chalkboard, with musical staff lines, thereby creating a collective musical score which will be performed throughout the run of the show. Other Marclay scores, including the premiere of a new scrolled vocal work forty feet in length and three scores conceived as projections, will be continually on view and performed on a regular basis. World renowned musicians and vocalists, some of whom have been regular collaborators with the artist for three decades, will interpret a dozen scores, enabling museum audiences to experience a less well known aspect of Marclay’s varied art practice.
Christian Marclay: Festival was organized by curator David Kiehl with Limor Tomer, adjunct curator of performing arts.
“Just when it is most needed, ‘Christian Marclay: Festival’ takes the “me” out of performance art.”
—The New York Times
“Few artists have displayed such consistent discipline in their choice of themes as Marclay.”
“Marclay’s multilayered approach produces work that can be beguilingly lush or painfully poignant.”
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