Monday, December 13, 2010 , Posted by LATINO EVENTS Y TESPIS MAGAZINE at 2:30 PM

For the ninth installment of the Performance Exhibition Series: Stop, Repair, Prepare: Variations on Ode to Joy for a Prepared Piano (2008). The piece, which was acquired by MoMA in 2009 and is being publicly performed in the Museum for the first time, was created by the artist duo Jennifer Allora (b. 1974) and Guillermo Calzadilla (b. 1971), who have been named the United States representatives for the 2011 Venice Biennale. Blending sculpture and performance, the artists have carved a hole in the center of an early twentieth-century Bechstein piano, creating a void in which the performer stands to play the Fourth Movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, usually referred to as “Ode to Joy.” For each 30-minute performance, the pianist will lean over the piano’s keyboard, playing upside down and backwards, while moving the instrument around the Atrium. The result is a structurally incomplete version of the ode—the hole in the piano renders two octaves inoperative—that fundamentally transforms both the player/instrument dynamic and the signature melody, underlining the contradictions and ambiguities of a song that has long been invoked as a symbol of humanist values and national pride.

Performance 9: Allora & Calzadilla. December 8 – January 10. MOMA.ORG

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