Romantic songs of the Patriarchate, a work by Ragnar Kjartansson, the Icelandic artist whose practice involves music, video, performance, installations, painting, drawing and more, will make his New York debut at the Guggenheim next month. Like much of Kjartansson’s work, Romantic songs of the Patriarchate, first show in San Francisco in 2018, has an element of duration.
At the Guggenheim, around two dozen women and non-binary musicians will be positioned in the museum’s imposing rotunda, where they will perform the same songs repeatedly for hours on end. Each will be a famous love song from musicians as diverse as Bruce Springsteen, Doris Day and Lil Wayne, and a closer look at the lyrics of each song chosen reveals how they are all the product of patriarchy, often written with a basis of implicit and explicit objectification of women. . The songs will be performed simultaneously, but performed in similar tones and arrangements, so as to blend together. The performance will take place from July 2 to 5.
The Romantic Songs of the Patriarchate is the third of the four parts of Re / projections, a series of performances, films and videos designed during the pandemic with the aim of reinventing the way the institution uses its famous rotunda. This week, the museum’s Works & Process performing arts series also announced the appointment of two new board members: fashion designer, TV host and producer Isaac Mizrahi, who narrates and directs an annual performance. popular opera. Pierre and the Wolf at the museum during the winter break, as well as ballerina and founding member of the Dance Theater of Harlem, Virginia Johnson.