DJs, record collectors, music lovers and longtime friends of the Nasher Museum turned out by the hundreds for the Opening Event and DJ party on Wednesday night for “The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl.” Mingling through the crowd were more visiting artists than we’ve ever hosted before: William Cordova (from Miami), Harrison Haynes (based in Durham), Taiyo Kimura (from Tokyo), Tim Lee (from Vancouver), David McConnell (now based in Raleigh), Mingering Mike (from Washington, D.C.), Fatimah Tuggar (teaching this semester at Duke) and Lyota Yagi (from Tokyo, by way of New York). New York-based DJs Piotr Orlov and Dave Tompkins, who contributed essays to the exhibition catalogue, played some of their favorite records for the crowd. Delicious food spun slowly on giant turntable tables. This was the first chance for visitors to see work by 33 artists, including a 16-foot canoe made of red 45s by Satch Hoyt, colorful buttons made of melted down Billie Holiday records by Dario Robleto and Mark Soo’s 3D recreation of Sun Records studio in 1954 Memphis. People also had a great time listening to real records on turntables in the accompanying installation “Cover to Cover,” featuring 10 artists and musicians who each curated a crate of 20 albums that tell a story through the cover visuals.
See an online photo album from the party by Dr. J Caldwell here.
Watch a fun video of the DJ party by “Big Tru” here.
IMAGE: Photo by Dr. J Caldwell