Blog / Celeb sighting: Yo La Tengo


By Wendy

We were in our pajamas on Sunday afternoon, listening to Yo La Tengo’s “I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One,” when a startling bulletin came across the iPhone: YLT on way to Nasher Museum!

Georgia Hubley and Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo were indeed strolling about “The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl” with Mac McCaughan (of Superchunk and Merge Records) and his family. The band was in town for a concert last night at Cat’s Cradle. In the words of Bono, SLOW DOWN MY BEATING HEART!

Yo La Tengo has a special connection to “The Record” through artist Dario Robleto. YLT featured several of Dario’s works, including “Sometimes Billie is All that Holds Me Together” for the cover of their 2009 album, “Popular Songs.” So Georgia and Ira (yes, we are on a first-name basis now) were thrilled to see another edition of “Sometimes Billie” in person (the version in “The Record” includes a yellow shirt and completely different set of buttons). See the “Popular Songs” album cover and read more about mutual fans YLT and Dario Robleto in our previous blog post.

As they walked around the gallery,  I was excited to watch the two famous musicians connecting with contemporary art, just as “The Record” exchibition reveals many visual artists who are practicing musicians or rely on music as inspiration in their work. Some of the artists in the exhibition, like David Byrne, are trained visual artists better known for their music. As curator Trevor Schoonmaker puts it, the two worlds are not so separate, after all.

IMAGE: Ira and Georgia visit the Nasher Museum, paying special attention to works by Dario Robleto, including the triptych behind them, “Lamb of Man/Atom and Eve/Americana Materia Medica.” Photo by Wendy Hower Livingston.

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