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We knew The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl would attract folks who had never been to the Nasher Museum. We did not expect such a glittering list of famous artists, writers and musicians!

The photo album of luminaries who visited The Record is pretty impressive. Even more exciting: the wonderful conversations and ideas they brought, and the notion that they went back out into the world and told lots of people about The Record!

Eight artists came to the opening: william cordova, Harrison Haynes, Taiyo Kimura (who came the farthest, from Japan), Tim Lee (who flew in from Vancouver), David McConnell (recently relocated to Raleigh), Mingering Mike (who came from D.C. wearing a disguise), Fatimah Tuggar (who is at Duke for an artist residency) and Lyota Yagi (who made two records of ice to play for us).

Lots of musicians came through. Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley of Yo La Tengo visited on their way to a gig at Cat’s Cradle. Superchunk (Laura Ballance, Mac McCaughan, James Wilbur and Jon Wurster) signed copies of their new record and played for more than 600 people on the museum’s front lawn. Grammy award-winning DJ 9th Wonder stopped by with a documentary film crew (he contributed a crate to the Cover to Cover installation. Ben Chace and Paul Defiglia played at the listening party for artist Xaviera Simmons; their song is on her vinyl record, part of her commissioned work in The Record.

Harrison Haynes, who lives in both worlds as drummer for the band Les Savy Fav and also a visual artist in The Record exhibition, led supporting members of the Nasher Museum on a gallery tour with curator Trevor Schoonmaker. He took part in Cover to Cover  and also teamed with Mac McCaughan to write a song for Xaviera Simmons’ record project.

Other artists came later. Xaviera Simmons spent a week with us for a Duke-sponsored artist residency. Dario Robleto visited late in September to take part in a free workshop for K-12 teachers. Dave Muller delivered the Rothschild Lecture and left us with a wonderful Top 11 mix. Carrie Mae Weems visited when professor Rick Powell brought her in for a lecture on East Campus.

Some of the writers who contributed essays for The Record catalogue came to see the show. Mark Anthony Neal brought a video crew through the gallery to interview curator Trevor Schoonmaker for MAN’s “Left of Black” show. Dave Tompkins, who wrote How to Wreck a Nice Beach,  spun records at the opening event for The Record and also at the Nasher Museum’s 2010 Benefit Gala. Piotr Orlov spun records at the opening; Mark Katz brought some of his UNC-Chapel Hill students.

This story was originally posted to the Nasher Museum Blog as “Paparazzi (not): The Record,” on February 17, 2011, by Wendy Hower.

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