Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

THE RECORD Opens Today!

Jeroen Diepenmaat’s “Pour des dents d’un blanc éclatant et saines” (2005)

Big ups to Trevor Schoonmaker on the opening today of his museum-size ode to vinyl, “The Record”. If you’re wondering how hip-hop can reconfigure the art space, here’s one outer edge. Trevor’s been at this for years, and to see his vision finally coming to fruition in the beautiful Nasher Museum is gratifying.

(Trevor was also the driving force behind the groundbreaking Fela: Black President exhibition at the New Museum back in 2003, which is still echoing through to the beautiful set for our favorite Broadway play.)

So many of our favorite folks in life and art are repped here and in the museum events it’s hard to know where to start: Dave Tompkins, Mark Anthony Neal, Fatimah Tuggar, DJ Rekha, Malick Sidibe, Christian Marclay, Lyota Yagi, Carrie Mae Weems, Ujino Muneteru, and the 9th Wonder. The list goes on. Where else could you see Mingering Mike and Ed Ruscha together?

If you can’t make it out, the Nasher has a great B-Side website that includes links to that classic YouTube video series on how records are made and Barkley talking about his record collection. I have a little essay in the catalogue and I will admit that makes me a tiny bit proud of myself today.

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