Alright folks, it’s finally here! The Henry’s summer exhibition, titled The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl, is opening this Friday, July 13th!
Organized by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, this exhibition is the first museum exhibition to explore the culture of vinyl records within the history of contemporary art. Bringing together artists from around the world who have worked with records as their subject or medium, this groundbreaking exhibition examines the record’s transformative power from the 1960s to the present. Through sculpture, installation, drawing, painting, photography, sound work, video and performance, The Record combines contemporary art with outsider art, audio with visual, and fine art with popular culture.
The exhibition features 99 works by 41 artists, including rising stars in the contemporary art world (William Cordova, Robin Rhode, Dario Robleto), outsider artists (Mingering Mike), well-established artists (Ed Ruscha, Carrie Mae Weems) and artists whose work will be shown in U.S. museums for the first time (Kevin Ei-ichi deForest, Jeroen Diepenmaat, Taiyo Kimura, Lyota Yagi).
The Henry will also feature The B-Side, a participatory learning and resource lab presented in conjunction with The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl. In addition to providing access to locally produced records from a variety of Northwest record labels, this project will investigate the curious relationship between contemporary art and music by looking at economies of production and distribution.
The B-Side, also opening on July 13th, will feature programming ranging from performances by The Hive Dwellers and Slashed Tires* to Live Lathe production workshops with People In A Position To Know (PIAPTK) and listening parties featuring artists such as Kathy Slade, Matthew Green, and Rachael Kessler later in the exhibition. During the opening week of The B-Side, Mike Dixon will be cutting a series of limited edition high-quality, 10” lacquer recording blanks, in real time, on a 1940’s Presto 6N record lathe in the Henry’s Test Site. A new artist will be featured each day and records will be made available first come, first serve to visitors. Dixon is the proprietor of PIAPTK Limited Edition Vinyl Recordings and Handmade Musical Artifacts, a vinyl- and digital-only record label in Olympia, WA.
*Click here for an interview with Kenneth Piekarski of Slashed Tires
Here’s a sneak peek of The B-Side setup!
Come celebrate with us at the Henry this Friday, July 13th, 6-9 PM. See you then!
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