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12:30–12:50 p.m.: The Gnostic Preludes, performed by Carol Emanuel (harp) and Kenny Wollesen (vibes) in front of Claude Monet's Water Lilies (1914–26), Gallery 8, fifth floor
1:00–1:20 p.m.: Apophthegms for Two Violins, performed by Chris Otto and Dave Fulmer in front of Paul Klee's paintings, Gallery 10, fifth floor
1:30–1:50 p.m.: Untitled for solo cello, inspired by Joseph Cornell, performed by Erik Friedlander in the Surrealism room, near Cornell’s Untitled (Bébé Marie), Gallery 12, fifth floor
2:00–2:20 p.m.: Saxophone/drum duo improvisation with John Zorn (saxophone) and Milford Graves (drums) in the Abstract Expressionism gallery, Gallery 16, fourth floor
2:30–2:50 p.m.: The tape piece Beuysblock is played in the Joseph Beuys gallery, Gallery 21, fourth floor
Drawing upon his experience in classical, jazz, rock, hardcore punk, klezmer, film, cartoon, popular, world, and improvised music, John Zorn has created an impressive and influential body of work that has defied academic categories. Born and raised in New York City, he is a central figure in the Downtown scene, incorporating a wide variety of creative musicians into various compositional formats. His work is remarkably diverse and draws inspiration from art, literature, film, theater, philosophy, alchemy, and mysticism as well as music. He founded the Tzadik label in 1995, runs the East Village performance space The Stone, and has edited/published six volumes of music writing under the title ARCANA. Honors include the Cultural Achievement Award from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture and the William Schuman Prize for composition from Columbia University. He was inducted into the Long Island Hall of Fame by Lou Reed in 2010 and is a MacArthur Fellow. In 2012 he was honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters and given the honorary doctorate Magister Artium Gaundensis by the University of Ghent. He celebrates his 60th birthday this year with performances in NYC at Alice Tully Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim, Anthology Film Archives, Miller Theatre at Columbia University, St. John the Divine, Le Poisson Rouge, NYU Kimmel Center, and Japan Society. He also performs in Paris, London, Ghent, Amsterdam, Warsaw, Germany, Portugal, Canada, and all over South America.
Uncontested Spaces: Guerilla Readings in the MoMA Galleries
As part of Kenneth Goldsmith's "Poet Laureate" program, he invites renowned writers to choose works in MoMA's collection, develop a response, and then select a space in the Museum galleries where they will perform the resulting readings and texts on Wednesdays. On selected Fridays, Goldsmith himself will contribute readings in the galleries. Visitors can meet the writers directly in their selected gallery.