Dara Friedman (German, b. 1968), a moving-image artist who lives and works in Miami, presents her Musical (2008), which was recently acquired by MoMA. This exhilarating “film” exactingly documents a series of singing performances, made possible by the Public Art Fund, that were photographed between September 17 and October 5, 2007, on the streets of midtown Manhattan. In an attempt “to turn the volume up on the song that’s going on in your head as you’re walking down the street,” Friedman invited about sixty ordinary New Yorkers to suddenly, surprisingly break into song—seemingly in mid-stride, whether in the middle of a block or inside a building.
In the Film exhibition Modern Mondays
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