Friday, June 21, 2013
Performance times: 7:00 PM, 7:45 PM, 8:30 PM
14th Street Passage, on the High Line at West 14th Street
FREE | All ages | No RSVP required
High Line Art is pleased to present artist Mungo Thomson's Crickets, a chamber ensemble which will play a series of short musical interludes based on field recording of crickets, to celebrate the summer solstice on Friday, June 21, 2013. Crickets is part of HIGH LINE ART PERFORMANCES, a series that transforms the High Line into an open-air theater with performances on and around the park.
Mungo Thomson is a Los Angeles-based artist who works with film, sound, sculpture, and photography. Appropriating and transforming sound and space, his practice often transforms everyday objects and situations into unexpected experiences in which music plays an important part. For the High Line, Thomson will restage his performance Crickets for the first time in New York City and in an outdoor setting. A music composition performed by a live orchestra consisting of violins, flutes, and percussion will mimic the sound of crickets based on field recording of ambient sound from different parks and forests from around the world. Crickets was first performed indoors in Los Angeles as part of the Pacific Standard Time Public Art and Performance Festival. High Line Art will stage Crickets outdoors in the park, as the artist had originally envisioned it, transforming the High Line into an open field and a stage resonating with the sounds of crickets in summer. Crickets is composed and conducted by Michael Webster.
Part of Make Music New York, in conjunction with High Line Art.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Mungo Thomson (b. 1969, California) is a Los Angeles-based artist who has upcoming exhibitions in 2014 at ArtPace, San Antonio and the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver. Recent solo exhibitions include SITE Santa Fe (2013); the Times Museum, Guangzhou, China (2013); the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2008); The Kadist Art Foundation, Paris (2007); and GAMeC, Bergamo, Italy (2006), among others. His work has been included in The Pacific Standard Time Public Art and Performance Festival, Los Angeles (2012); Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial), Istanbul, Turkey (2011); The 2008 Whitney Biennial, New York (2008); and Performa 05, New York (2005), among others. In 2013 LAXART and JRP|Ringier will publish the musical score for Crickets.
High Line Art is presented by Friends of the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. High Line Art is made possible by Donald R. Mullen, Jr. and The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston, with additional support from the Concordia Foundation, and Vital Projects Fund, Inc. High Line Art is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.