Bang on a Can: Music Among Friends x Robert Rauschenberg I at MoMA

Throughout Robert Rauschenberg’s six-decade career, he moved freely between the worlds of visual art and avant-garde music. Beginning in the early 1950s, Rauschenberg worked closely with the composers and performers associated with the New York School, including such pioneering experimental figures as Earle Brown, John Cage, Morton Feldman, David Tudor, and Christian Wolff. This rich dialogue shaped Rauschenberg’s approach to art making as well as that of his musical collaborators. In conjunction with the exhibition Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends, Pulitzer prize–winning composer David Lang and the celebrated music collective Bang on a Can present a pair of concerts featuring commentary exploring these artistic exchanges and their legacy for contemporary music.

May 23
Part I explores Rauschenberg’s idea of the Combine, his term for works that incorporate ordinary objects and materials into painting, through recent musical compositions that use everyday sounds and images. Longtime Rauschenberg collaborator Christian Wolff will explore these ideas in conversation with David Lang. New York’s electric Bang on a Can All-Stars and alumni of the Bang on a Can Summer Festival perform featured works including Morton Feldman’s Ixion (1958, rev. 1962); Bryce Dessner’s Letter 27 with Film featuring Charles Olson (2013); Christian Marclay’s Fade to Slide with Film by Christian Marclay (2012); Anna Clyne’s A Wonderful Day (2013); and Christian Wolff’s Suite (I) for Prepared Piano (1954) and Exercises 29 and 30 (2011).

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May 23, 2017

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May 23, 2017


07:00 PM - 09:00 PM


MoMA 11 West 53rd Street New York, NY 10019

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