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nyt-museums-listingsBy Wendy

We are all inspired by today’s special Museums section in The New York Times.
Especially page 20!

It’s not surprising that the photo editor chose the image above to represent our upcoming exhibition, a group show including work by 33 artists called “The Record: Contemporary Art & Vinyl,” opening Sept. 2. We chose the same image for the cover of the catalogue that will accompany the show.

The image is from Jeroen Diepenmaat’s 2005 sculpture, “Pour des dents d’un blanc éclatant et saines.” Trevor Schoonmaker, our curator of contemporary art, who is organizing “The Record,” gives some insight into why everyone seems to be so taken with this image.

“It’s provocative and it’s whimsical,” he said. “It’s clever without taking itself too seriously, and that’s kind of refreshing.”

The work stands out from what we are seeing today, Trevor went on. “This is something that anyone can appreciate, but it’s still clever.”

Birds make music, of course — but here, Jeroen’s bird appears to be playing human music.

The image also represents the exhibition well because it quickly conveys a record, or a record player. Like this work, the entire exhibition is about the vinyl record as material, as unique object, as sculpture. The exhibition is about how artists have transformed the record.

Also, this image is appealing because it’s not familiar to most of the art world, Trevor pointed out. The only time Jeroen has shown his work in the United States was in 2007, in a group show at the former Gigantic Art Space in New York.

And it’s nice to use this image in designs because, like The New York Times (above), designers can add text without disrupting the image.

Here at the Nasher Museum, we could stare at it all day long.

Artists whose work is in “The Record” (partial list)
Laurie Anderson (b. 1947 USA), Felipe Barbosa (b. 1978 Brazil), David Byrne (b. 1952 Scotland), William Cordova (b. 1971 Peru), Jeroen Diepenmaat (b. 1978 Netherlands), Satch Hoyt (b. 1975 UK), Jasper Johns (b. 1930 USA), Taiyo Kimura (b. 1970 Japan), Tim Lee (b. 1975 Korea), Christian Marclay (b. 1955 USA), David McConnell (b. 1975 USA), Mingering Mike (b. 1950 USA), Dave Muller (b. 1964 USA), Robin Rhode (b. 1976 South Africa), Dario Robleto (b. 1972 USA), Ed Ruscha (b. 1937 USA), Malick Sidibe (b. 1935 Mali), Xaviera Simmons (b. 1974 USA), Su-Mei Tse (b. 1973 Luxembourg), Fatimah Tuggar (b. 1967 Nigeria), and Carrie Mae Weems (b. 1953 USA).

IMAGE: Jeroen Diepenmaat, “Pour des dents d’un blanc éclatant et saines,” 2005. Record players, vinyl records, taxidermied birds, and sound. Dimensions variable. © Jeroen Diepenmaat. Image courtesy of the artist.

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