It's Coming: The Artists of Moment Magnitude Are Announced
by Jen Graves
on Tue, Sep 11, 2012 at 10:59 AM
Moment Magnitude, named after something seismological*, is the final exhibition of the Frye's 60th anniversary year. In concept, it's both a total departure from traditional museology—it promises to be a festival, a party, a class, and a mass—and an obvious culmination of the artist-based action that former curator Robin Held channeled in order to lead-by-consensus the museum's transformation these last years.
This morning we have word on who's involved, and it's pretty much, well, everyone, from Anne Fenton to Perfume Genius. Check out the release:
Mw [Moment Magnitude] includes three days of public rehearsal with Jherek Bischoff and a thirty-five-musician orchestra; a concert by Samantha Boshnack; an evening of sound poetry presented by Jason Conger, The Four Hoarse Men, Interrupture, and Kjell Hansen; a sonic and kinetic ritual by The Black Constellation (Shabazz Palaces, THEESatisfaction, Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes); an off-site installation in Anne Fenton’s apartment [read this]; a performance by Evan Flory-Barnes; live video recording in the galleries by Wynne Greenwood; on- and off-site programs with Tad Hirsch and the Yesler Community Center; a concert with Eyvind Kang; a lecture by Charles Mudede; a concert by The People's Grand Opera; the final stop of Perfume Genius’ Fall 2012 tour of North America; a performance by Vis-à-Vis Society; and a four-day-long on-site production by zoe | juniper.
Visitors to the Frye Art Museum will be greeted by a sound installation by Robb Kunz in the reflecting pool from which will emanate the music of Jherek Bischoff. The Museum Store, reconceived by Charlie Schuck, will showcase Seattle designers in events and workshops; Chelsea Green of Grain, whose products will be featured in the Store, will lead after-school workshops at Bailey-Gatzert Elementary School. And mid-way through the exhibition, on December 8, Mw [Moment Magnitude] will be transformed with a specially commissioned, large-scale light sculpture by LILIENTHAL | ZAMORA.
Newly commissioned artworks by Leo Saul Berk, Rebecca Brown, and The Black Constellation; the graphic musical scores of Eyvind Kang; and objects and paintings by Matt Browning in constant transformation by nature of their materials, will be presented along with key works by Cris Bruch, Jeffry Mitchell, and Buster Simpson.
Well, all right. BRING IT ON, y'all. And I do mean y'all. That's quite a lineup. The challenge will be to consider how all these parts relate, how the various disciplines knit together, and how they connect to the Frye's 60 years so far and project the museum into the future. I wonder if it will be possible to get to every single event. A full schedule will be coming up on the Frye's site, and things kick off October 13 (continuing through January 20).
*It was too much pressure to try to find a seismic enough photograph to accompany this post.