A Speakers Endorsed Event | The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl

Fellow vinyl lovers in the Triangle area take note!

The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University is presenting a groundbreaking exhibition that explores the culture of vinyl records through 50 years of contemporary art.

The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl features work by 41 artists from around the world, from the 1960s to the present, who use vinyl records as subject or medium. The exhibition includes sound work, sculpture, installation, drawing, painting, photography, video and performance.

The exhibition includes a broad range of works, such as a hybrid violin and record player, Viophonograph, a seminal work by Laurie Anderson; David Byrne‘s original life-sized Polaroid photomontage used for the cover of the 1978 Talking Heads album More Songs About Buildings and Food; a monumental column of vinyl records by Cordova; and an important early work by Robleto, who transformed Billie Holiday records in an alchemic process to create hand-painted buttons. Works by Christian Marclay, who has made art with records for 30 years, include his early and rarely seen Recycled Records as well as his most recent record video, Looking for Love.

The accompanying “Cover to Cover” installation features 10 artists and musicians who each curated a crate of 20 albums that tell a story through the cover visuals. Visitors will peruse the crates and with headphones listen to records on record players.

Full List of Events:

August 25 – Public Opening Event and DJ Party, 8:30 – 10:30 PM
September 16 – Artist Talk: Xaviera Simmons, 7 PM
September 16 – Superchunk concert following lecture, 8:30 PM
September 19 – Vinyl Listening Party: Hosted by Xaviera Simmons, 1 – 4 PM
October 7 – Curator Talk: Trevor Schoonmaker, 7 PM
October 10 – Art with the Experts, Durham County Library, 3 PM
October 16 – WXDU Record Fair, 11 AM – 4 PM
October 21 – Record Collectors Panel Discussion, 7 PM
November 4 – Artist Talk: Ralph Lemon, 7 PM
November 21 – Family Day with artist Fatimah Tuggar, Noon – 4 PM
January 11 – Artists: Harrison Haynes and David McConnell, 7 PM
February 5 – Film Marathon
February 6 – Family Day, Noon to 4 PM

Head on over to the official site to check it all out. It all looks pretty darn amazing.

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