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Body/Head

Thursday, November 21, 2013, 8:00 p.m. –11:00 p.m.

PopRally is a program of events at The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 that features collaborations with artists and musical acts, performances, film screenings, receptions, and special viewings of exhibitions at moderate prices.

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Body/Head
with Kim Gordon and Bill Nace
featuring a DJ set by Kathleen Hanna

11/20/13: Please note that Adam Horovitz, better known as Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys, will be DJing in place of Kathleen Hanna.

PopRally is thrilled to present a special performance by electric-guitar duo Body/Head, the current project of legendary musician, visual artist, and Sonic Youth cofounder/bassist Kim Gordon and free-noise guitarist Bill Nace. Body/Head's sound builds on epic drones, feedback, and guitar riffs, paired with expressive vocals in a uniquely crafted take on improvisation. Staged against a backdrop of slow-motion film projections, the project comprises both a visual and musical experience, blurring the lines between mediums. Joining for a DJ set is Feminist punk icon Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, and, most recently, her new band The Julie Ruin.

This performance is held in conjunction with There Will Never Be Silence: Scoring John Cage's 4'33", which commemorates John Cage's “silent” composition 4'33" which is performed before a piano without striking a note. This radical gesture upended the conventional structure of music, shifting attention from the performer to the audience, and allowing for endless possibilities of ambient sounds to fill the space. The exhibition takes an expansive look at the impact of 4’33”, featuring Dada, Fluxus, Minimalist, and Conceptual artists who pushed preconceived boundaries of space, time, and physicality to new ends. Driven on impulses from No Wave’s performativity, time-bending cinematic media, and Cagean chance operations, Body/Head is a project that, like 4’33”, challenges the conventions of the concert experience.

Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, and exclusive access to There Will Never Be Silence: Scoring John Cage's 4'33", after Museum hours.

Special thanks to Sud de France wines: Prieuré St-Julien, Jaja de Jau, and O by Gilles Louvet. Beer for this event has been provided by Brooklyn Brewery.

You must be twenty-one or older to attend this event.

Tickets are $24, $22 for members, and available online.

In conjunction with the exhibition

Image: Body/Head. Photo: Annahel Mehran