Parallel Universe: Quintron and Miss Pussycat Live at City Park
This winter the New Orleans Museum of Art kicks off the 2010 contemporary exhibition schedule with a celebration of New Orleans artists Quintron and Miss Pussycat. Widely known for their performances in music clubs and alternative art spaces over the past fifteen years, Quintron and Miss Pussycat have inspired audiences around the world with their innovative approach to puppetry and organ-based music. Parallel Universe: Quintron and Miss Pussycat Live at City Park will be the artists' first museum exhibition. This multimedia presentation is designed to acquaint audiences with their work from previous years, and highlight new projects including the debut of a new video by Miss Pussycat, and an original music album by Quintron, which will be recorded entirely on-site at the New Orleans Museum of Art.
Parallel Universe: Quintron and Miss Pussycat Live at City Park is organized by Miranda Lash, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. The exhibition will be on view in the second-floor Frederick R. Weisman Gallery from January 30 to May 2, 2010. The exhibition will begin with a vibrant and comprehensive display of Miss Pussycat's puppetry, a "parallel universe" the artist creates and channels within her set designs and performances. Hundreds of her puppets will take over the first gallery, spanning the length of Miss Pussycat's career. Arranged in miniature landscapes, her handmade puppets fuse the surreal and fantastical with a dose of whimsy. Her versatile working method as a puppeteer ranges from swiftly arranging puppet shows for rock concert stages, to painstakingly directing videos with large support crews and arranging prerecorded soundtracks. Miss Pussycat's presentation will include the debut of her latest puppet video.
Quintron's contribution to Parallel Universe will consist of two components: an interactive display of his patented DRUM BUDDY sound machines, and a commitment to undertake the recording of a new album in a gallery space. The artist will install himself and his entire recording studio in NOMA's contemporary galleries, surrounded by works of art culled from the Museum's collection. Offering his services as a temporary employee of NOMA, Quintron will clock in five days a week, from Wednesday to Sunday during normal business hours, to work on the album. Having visited NOMA's art storage numerous times since early 2009, the artist has carefully chosen a selection of paintings, primarily portraits from the last few centuries, to be displayed around his electric organ and recording table. Quintron will draw inspiration from these masterpieces and from the unique and unfamiliar experience of recording in front of an audience of Museum visitors. Members of the public will be invited to enter the recording studio and observe the artist at work.
A gallery located adjacent to Quintron's recording studio will focus on the development of Quintron's patented instrument the DRUM BUDDY, a light-activated analog synthesizer. Based on the principal of light-sensing circuits, the DRUM BUDDY is capable of uniquely replicating kick, snare, bass, organ and record-scratching sounds. On display will be early prototypes dating from the mid-1990s, specimens from each of Quintron's production runs, as well as several new DRUM BUDDIES with added features. The public will have the opportunity to make their own music on a DRUM BUDDY that has been specially designed for museum use.
To assist Quintron in documenting his recording process, NOMA is pleased to be collaborating with the organization Open Sound New Orleans, a community media project led by Jacob Brancasi and Heather Booth. On a weekly basis Quintron will send audio updates (ambient and musical "snapshots" rather than finished recordings) to Open Sound, which can then be accessed online, through the free website: www.opensoundneworleans.com
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