As part of its series of new digital initiatives, the New Museum presents “Bedtime Stories,” a project initiated by the artist Maurizio Cattelan.
Inviting friends and other artists and performers he admires to keep us company, Cattelan imagined “Bedtime Stories” as a way of staying together during these days of isolation. Each participant has been asked to read a selection from their favorite book – a sentence, passage, chapter, or more – to be shared with the New Museum’s online audiences. Some chose to read existing works, others to read their own writings, still others to create impromptu performances. Whether drawn from memory, imagination, or cherished volumes kept close at hand, the recordings by artists were captured quickly in an unfiltered fashion on phones or laptops in their homes or studios around the world.
A new installment of “Bedtime Stories” will be made available each day through the end of June via this site.
Price reads the book inside his head.
Spooner reads from The Colossus of Maroussi by Henry Miller.
Kuri reads a piece by Umberto Eco.
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Tsang reads “The Symphony,” Chapter 132 from Moby Dick by Herman Melville, for Sophia Al Maria.
Party reads from “The Pillow Book” by Sei Shōnagon
Jonas reads a text written during quarantine.
Wolfson reads from “I’m Your Man” by Leonard Cohen.
Cuevas reads from “Celebration of Fantasy” from The Book of Embraces by Eduardo Galeano, translated by Cedric Belfrage (New York: Norton, 1992).
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Cuevas lee “Celebración de la fantasía” de El libro de los abrazos libro de Eduardo Galeano (Siglo Veintiuno Editores. México, 2003).
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Johnson reads “Preface to a 20 Volume Suicide Note” by Amiri Baraka
Ursuta reads “Cosmos” by Witold Gombrowicz
Dean reads part of a poem by Thomas Hardy.
Courtesy of Loma Vista Recordings, Thousand Mile Inc, and IggyPop.com