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Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967

Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Chicago: September 29, 2007 - January 27, 2008
Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami: May 31 – September 8, 2008

Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal 10 October 2008 - 11 January 2009 macm.org/en/expositions/48.html

Catalogue available www.mcachicago.org with an exhibition overview by MCA Curator Dominic Molon. Essays are written by rock critic Simon Reynold; Robert Nickas, an independent curator and critic based in New York; Jan Tumlir, art critic and historian. Reprints of texts by German art and cultural critic Diedrich Diedrichsen; artists Mike Kelley and Dan Graham; and Chicago-based critic and curator Anthony Elms.



40 years Convergence of Contemporary Art and Rock Music

The exhibition starts with the beginning of popular music which was the first time distributed worldwide. The revolutionary spirit of these circumstances led to the explosive social and political climate of the late-1960s: Andy Warhol, The Velvet Underground, or the industrial music pioneers Throbbing Gristle, the Japanese Pop artist Yoshitomo Nara,... present in this exhibition the convergence of contemporary art and rock music over the past forty years.


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Lecture series at MCA in 2007: under the title "People Who Shape Our World Lecture Series" cutting-edge artists, designers, and writers will explore from September until December 2007 how contemporary art influences people in many different professions. For example: Cynthia Rowley on October 4 (The internationally-renowned fashion designer, artist, and author Cynthia Rowley discusses the intersection of fashion and art and her new book i>Slim: A Fantasy Memoir.), Paul Budnitz on 13 November 07 (Designer and founder of Kidrobot, the world's premier creator and retailer of limited edition art toys and apparel, discusses his unique collaborations with famous artists from various backgrounds.).


fig.: Douglas Gordon, Bootleg (Cramped), 1995. © Douglas Gordon. Collection Migrosmuseum, Zurich; Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery, New York. Gordon’s installation of videos from his Bootleg series feature slowed and manipulated footage from concert videos of the Smiths, the Cramps, and the Rolling Stones.



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