ALLORA & CALZADILLA
Dec. 8th - Jan. 10th
Do you remember the Petrified Petrol Pump from Art Basel Miami? It is remarkable that when you discover new Artists, they suddenly seem to pop up everywhere, like I should have known about them before. I definitely got more curious and hurried to MoMA to check what Jennifer Allora (American, 1974) and Guillermo Calzadilla (Cuban, 1971) was up to now. At first look there is a Piano... and then yes, the Piano has a carved whole in it, and wheels and it also has been modified quite a lot.
Every hour a Woman or a Man pops up from the whole to play "The Ninth Symphony of 1824" By Beethoven. And you get a "Grand" walking Piano Concert.
This way you diminish the distance between the musician and the instrument and merge them into one!
the hole in the piano renders two octaves inoperative—that fundamentally transforms both the player/instrument dynamic and the signature melody, underlining the contradictions and ambiguities of a song that has long been invoked as a symbol of humanist values and national pride
I do wish that the gifted musicians could have been styled better, but then again I am crazy about the esthetics.
(The performances was done by Terezija Cukrov and Amir Khosrowpour while I was there)