The one hundred works by John Chamberlain on display at the Guggenheim underline the elegant amalgamation, disorganized tangents, and bombs of color that characterize the sculptor’s work. The crushed-car craftsman also had another passion: music. A seasoned investigator of abstraction, intonation, and tension, his habitually massive sculptures form a fitting backdrop for the museum’s latest music series, Divine Ricochet, which launches today. Borrowing its name from a 1991 Chamberlain piece, the three-part agenda showcases acts that echo the give-and-take between control and freedom that the artist exemplifies.
This evening, Brooklyn songbird Julianna Barwick will use her voice as an instrument to make wordless, lyrical arias, and Grouper, the solo project of Portland-based Liz Harris, will execute pieces from Violet Replacement, a site-specific performance of lengthy, soft-hearted hymns. Experimental electro-pop troupe Cold Cave takes the stage on April 27, while Zola Jesus frontwoman Nika Danilova rounds things off on May 10 with the Mivos string quartet in a showcase of songs devised by JG Thirlwell. Each performance begins with a private view of the Chamberlain retrospective at 7:30 p.m., followed by music at 10:00 p.m.
For more Chamberlain-inspired action, join us for our live Twitter interview on Monday, April 16 at 2:00 p.m. with the Guggenheim’s Senior Curator Susan Davidson, who worked closely with the artist on his current retrospective.