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Jewish Museum and Bang on a Can collaborate on art and music

What better way to get passers-by involved in art than attracting them through music?

Asphalt Orchestra played for Museum Mile, June 10
Asphalt Orchestra played for Museum Mile, June 10
Asphalt Orchestra

That's just what the Jewish Museum is intending to do, and has already started to do, with their new collaboration with Bang on a Can, an innovative-music organization.

Beginning on June 10, with the Museum Mile Festival (a not-to-be-missed large block party for the museums along Fifth Avenue), the hip and exciting marching band Asphalt Orchestra played to crowds from 6:00 to 9:00pm.

Each performance will be tied in to an accompanying exhibition on view at the museum. The upcoming performance on July 10 features minimalist music to connect with the exhibition of minimalist art in Other Primary Structures. There are five performances that are set to take place throughout the upcoming year.

"We are pleased to partner with Bang on a Can and bring these original and innovative productions to the Museum," said Claudia Gould, Helen Goldsmith Menschel Director of the Jewish Museum.

“Their experience merging music with art has resulted in an exciting lineup that perfectly complements our exhibitions.”

“From our very first Marathon concert in 1987 (at Exit Art Gallery in Soho), Bang on a Can has found inspiration in the natural interaction that takes place when innovative music and visual art meet,” said Kenny Savelson, Executive Director of Bang on a Can. “We’re really pleased to collaborate with the Jewish Museum on this new series presenting some terrific and adventurous musicians this year; each concert will showcase music that interacts with the art exhibitions on various levels. It’s going to be a lot of fun!”

The program schedule follows:

  • July 10, 7:30pm, featuring Bang on a Can All-Stars Vicky Chow and David Cossin with Dither Quartet’s Taylor Levine and James Moore. In conjunction with the exhibition Other Primary Structures March 14-August 3). Minimalism in both art and musical form.
  • November 6, 7:30pm, featuring Steve Coleman & Friends. In conjunction with the exhibition From the Margins: Lee Krasner/Norman Lewis, 1945-1952 (September 12, 2014 - February 1, 2015). The connection between jazz and abstract expressionism was inevitable, and you'll see it at the museum tonight.
  • January 29, 2015, 7:30pm, featuring Maya Beiser. In conjunction with the exhibition Helena Rubinstein: Beauty Is Power (October 31, 2014-March 31, 2015). Female strength is the theme in this performance - connect rock star cellist Beiser with beauty businesswoman Rubenstein.
  • May 14, 2015, 7:30pm, featuring Bang on a Can All-Stars. In conjunction with the exhibition Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television (May 1-September 20, 2015). How do music and television get along? Find out tonight with this special performance.

Each performance is $18 per adult, and $15 for students and seniors, and $12 for museum members. The Jewish Museum (Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street) is working to bring more interested visitors in their doors, and with such a unique collaboration, who wouldn't want to stop by to check out the art and music? Don't miss your chance to enjoy these special nights - good fun for a date night or a family night.

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