Wanderings and Wonderings: Denniston Mikalson

Saturday, July 23, 2016



Join artist duo Denniston Mikalson for a musical tour of Storm King Art Center.
#1 Hit
Performed by the Lesbian and Gay Big Apple Corps

With arrangements by Chris Parrello

Presented with The Shandaken Project

#1 Hit is a musical tour of four sculptures at Storm King Art Center. The Lesbian and Gay Big Apple Corps marching band will parade through the Art Center, performing the Billboard Top 100 song for the corresponding year of each of these artworks.

The tour begins at Maya Lin’s 2007 land-work Storm King Wavefield with Alicia Keys’ “No One.” The band heads next to Forrest Myers’ 1969 sculpture Four Corners where they perform Three Dog Night’s “Joy to the World.” Continuing on to Mark di Suvero’s 1989 sculpture Mozart’s Birthday, the band plays Madonna’s “Like A Prayer.” The last stop is Tony Smith’s 1969 sculpture Source, with The Beatles’ “Hello, Goodbye.” To conclude, the band returns to Storm King’s Museum Building.

Collaboration and participation are essential modes of Denniston Mikalson’s practice. Challenging the role of the hand of the artist, in #1 Hit they shift the focus of their work to a collective creativity. By surrounding and confronting monolithic sculptures with popular music from the years in which they were made, they insist on framing artworks both within the specific cultural context of their time and reclaim them as part of a diverse and affirming present. The music will be performed by the LGBAC, a nonprofit marching band based in New York City.

This program is supported by a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency grant.

Free with admission to Storm King

Wanderings and Wonderings, along with artist talks and other general operations, are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


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