(Andrea calls the just-opened Leger show at the PMA a fascinating and dynamic exhibition that captures perfectly the early 20th Century optimism about cities and industry.) Léger, Modern Art and the Metropolis at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) through January 5, 2014, is pervaded with an optimism about industrialization and urbanization at a time, centered on the 1920s, when they were seen as the answer, not the problem, for twentieth-century society. It opens with a wall-sized projection of a film taken by Thomas Edison as he ascends the Eiffel Tower, viewing Paris through its cage of industrial steel. The ... More » »
It is not uncommon for the current generation of experimental and noise musicians to incorporate film into their performances. Oftentimes, the moving images feel arbitrarily chosen, as if selected merely to give the audience something to look at during performances in which the artists remain static. In rare instances, however, the relationship of abstract music to the film images with which it is paired is a symbiotic one, each informing and complementing the other. Such is the case on “Within Mirrors,” a DVD collection of seven short films, originally released between 2005 and 2008, by Paul Clipson featuring music by Jefre Cantu-Ledesma. ... More » »
Dancing Around the Bride at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA)through Jan. 21, 2013 is an extraordinary, multi-dimensional exploration of a significant period in American art history. While the ideas it presents are hardly new, the sensitive installation, designed by the artist, Philippe Parreno, emphasizes the multi-disciplinary nature of the mutual personal and artistic influences among Marcel Duchamp, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns. This is an exhibition as Gesamkunstwerk, and it offers the best, possible understanding of the interconnected, artistic experimentation in New York City in the late 1950s-1960s. Parreno’s installation pivots around a low, platform ... More » »
This almost 3-minute episode shows us watching and discussing the video works at Marginal Utility by Brooklyn artist Ronnie Bass. When puzzling out meaning, it’s often good to have multiple points of view, and we did. The scenes of a young man and woman chanting and playing drums, guitar and a saw seemed like music videos to some, and to others like an interesting puzzle to be
Leonard Cohen is dressed like a boulevardier in a brimmed hat and impeccably tailored suit in the concert movie Leonard Cohen: Live in London.
This episode sponsored by Bridgette Mayer Gallery Brothers Steven and Billy Blaise Dufala grew up making things and making music. In this episode they talk about their collaboration and about music- and art-making. Below is the 30-second sample clip. And below that is the full 15-minute interview. Right click to download 30-second sample of the Dufala podcast