Blog / Farewell to Xaviera



By Wendy

We just spent a full, rich week with New York-based artist Xaviera Simmons, who was here for an artist residency. We’re a little dizzy after several gallery talks, a lecture about her artistic practice, a live interview with Frank Stasio on WUNC-FM’s “The State of Things,” an outdoor Superchunk concert, a live webcast, a few more media interviews including this writeup in The Chronicle, and a BBQ and Vinyl Listening Party on the museum’s lawn. We miss Xaviera already!
This morning, as she was closing down the computer and getting ready to leave, she came across this fabulous new vinyl invention by Jack White (White Stripes, Raconteurs, Dead Weather). She shared his cool video as part of her “bye-bye” note to us. Watch it here.

Learn more about her residency:
During her residency at the Nasher Museum, Xaviera Simmons met visitors and worked with Duke faculty and students. Her work was commissioned by the museum for “The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl.”
For her “Thundersnow Road, NC” project, Simmons created photographs of the North Carolina landscape and solicited musical responses from musicians such as Mac McCaughan of Superchunk, Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio and Jim James of My Morning Jacket. The original songs were pressed onto a 12-inch record that is the soundtrack for her photographic installation, on view in The Record, through February 6, 2011.

Simmons’ residency was made possible by a Visiting Artist Grant from the Council for the Arts, Office of the Provost, Duke University. Watch for a documentary on her residency soon on YouTube.

IMAGE: Xaviera relaxes with a record player at her hotel pool with Trevor Schoonmaker, Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art. Photo by Wendy Hower Livingston.

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