Wynne Greenwood, Untitled, 2015. Digital collage, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Fourteen30 Contemporary, Portland
A 9 p.m. performance of “Temporary Arrangement: Wynne Greenwood” has been added. More information is available here.
“Temporary Arrangements” is a unique concert series that invites artists to form one-night-only bands and stage their premiere—and, by definition, also final—performances at the New Museum. Curated by Wynne Greenwood, the series emerges out of the DIY ethos of Greenwood’s legendary feminist band Tracy + the Plastics, an all-girl group that toured the country from 1999 to 2006, in which she played all three parts—frontwoman, drummer, and keyboardist. “Temporary Arrangements” proposes a collaborative model that is makeshift and provisional from the outset, asking what can happen when a group is formed without future expectations in mind.
As the final, culminating performance in the “Temporary Arrangement” series, Greenwood will play a solo set, singer-songwriter style. With hands, a keyboard, and a sampler, she will pull apart songs from fifteen years of music-making—from her work as Tracy Robo, Tracy + the Plastics, Libber, and Wynne Greenwood.
The Weeds in My Our Backyard, a “temporary arrangement” formed by teens in the New Museum’s Experimental Study Program (ESP), will open for Greenwood. Throughout the program the teens explored this Season’s theme of PERSONA and considered the ways we craft our own identities and present ourselves to others, while reflecting on the roles that the media, celebrity culture, politics, theater, and art play in our ideas of self. Comprising digital collage projections, personalized costuming, and a call-and-response approach, the group’s performance as The Weeds in My Our Backyard will serve as a culmination of the teens’ collaborative work.
Major support for the project is generously provided by
Artist commissions at the New Museum are generously supported by the Neeson / Edlis Artist Commissions Fund. Artist residencies are made possible, in part, by Laurie Wolfert. Additional support is provided by the Toby Devan Lewis Emerging Artists Exhibitions Fund.
Additional support for Seasons is provided by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund, and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.
The artist would like to acknowledge Henry Art Gallery, the City of Seattle Artist Project, and Tom White and the Estate of Leslie Scalapino.
Lead support for the Experimental Study Program is provided by the Keith Haring School, Teen, and Family Programs Fund. Major support is provided by Westfield World Trade Center, with additional support contributed by the Bloomingdale’s Fund of the Macy’s Foundation, Con Edison, the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
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