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Composition 21
by Naama Tsabar

COMMISSIONED WORK

September 28 – September 28, 2019
Naama Tsabar, Composition 21 from the Composition series (2006–ongoing). Performed first in New Orleans in 2017 as part of Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp. Photo by J Caldwell.

One Day Only Performances: Sept. 28, 2 and 4 PM

Naama Tsabar visits the Nasher Museum. Photo by J Caldwell.
Naama Tsabar visits the Nasher Museum. Photo by J Caldwell.

Brooklyn-based, Israeli-born artist Naama Tsabar creates an aurally and visually immersive performance, featuring 21 local musicians who identify as women and/or gender nonconforming. Divided into three bands, individual musicians stand atop their amplifiers, each band playing a separate song. All songs share the same four chords, musical scale, and beats per minute. At one point all three bands play simultaneously and the result is a dense but harmonious musical field. As the songs seep into one another, the musicians form a sculptural composition that complements both the sonic arrangement and the outdoor space.

For visitors, sound becomes physical as they move amongst the musicians standing on their pedestal-like amplifiers. Past Composition works were presented at the Herzliya Museum of Art in Israel, in New Orleans as part of Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, in New York City on the High Line and at Art Basel Miami Beach.

Composition 21 will be performed twice, once at 2 PM and again at 4 PM. Each performance will last approximately one hour.

Support

Composition 21 by Naama Tsabar is organized by Melissa Gwynn, Exhibitions and Publications Manager, and Trevor Schoonmaker, Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art.

The performance is commissioned by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

Composition 21 is supported by The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family Fund for Exhibitions and is made possible, in part, by Ellen Cassilly, Frank Konhaus and the Cassilhaus Artist-in-Residence Program.

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