Please note that Annex Levels 5 and 7 (see Museum Map), which contain Benedetta’s murals and major works by Giacomo Balla and Fortunato Depero as part of Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe, close August 20.
Animal Collective and Danny Perez
THE SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM PRESENTS
Animal Collective & Danny Perez
Transverse Temporal Gyrus
Doors open at 4:30 pm and 9 pm (both performances are now SOLD OUT)
General admission, all ages
Limited capacity, advance online ticket sales only
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 5th Ave at 89th Street
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For the Guggenheim's 50th Anniversary, the band Animal Collective has collaborated with artist Danny Perez on a site-specific performance piece that will transform the museum’s rotunda into a kinetic, psychedelic environment. Transverse Temporal Gyrus will feature original recorded music composed specifically for the event along with video projections, costumes, and props, rendering the band members and performers into intense, visual abstractions. During the evening, guests are invited to freely explore the space in order to fully immerse themselves in the environment created by Animal Collective and Danny Perez. The band describes their inspiration:
One of the things that you notice almost immediately in the jungle are the birds; so many different sounds coming from so many different directions. Are they communicating to each other? What are they saying? Does each variation serve a purpose? Why are there repetitions? Is there a pattern or is that just your imagination? If you don’t know the first thing about bird songs, these questions can rack a brain for days. The jungle seems louder than most New York apartments but its symbiosis makes it subtler if not more pleasing to foreign ears. The longer you sit awake in bed listening at night, the more you hear. It brings to mind Jane Goodall hanging out with chimpanzees in Tanzania and how she noticed them reacting to distant or inaudible sounds that at first she couldn’t hear, but as her ears adapted to the environment after months she began to hear them too.
But as the environments around us change quickly, as people encroach more and more on land where only select symbioses occur, we wonder how this will change the sounds around us and how this alters the way we hear things and react to them. As New Yorkers we are all familiar with the everyday noise around us—the car alarms, the subway trains braking, the music in bars—so familiar that sometimes we drown them out. But then do we not realize how these sounds are affecting us? How they make us feel or act? With this in mind we wanted to create an environment where people could take some time to listen to other kinds of sounds and get away from those familiar sounds of the city. Keeping in mind the birds of the jungle, we’ve created an array of sounds with Animal Collective's music that is seemingly random...or is it? We invite you to come take some time out and sit with us. As time passes it is our hope that you will wonder if you are hearing songs or patterns or maybe simply hearing more. The visual work of Danny Perez has been incorporated to turn the environment of an empty museum into a more mysterious hideaway. The core elements and colors are worked into the piece in order to unite this room of sound with the inside of your brain. We hope you enjoy.
Thanks for joining us.
—Animal Collective, February 8, 2010
Supported by Bear Flag Wine, Dos Equis, and Pernod Absinthe. Please enjoy Dos Equis responsibly, © 2010 Cervezas Mexicanas, White Plains, NY.
On View Now
Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe
February 21–September 1, 2014
Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today
June 13–October 1, 2014
Kandinsky Before Abstraction, 1901–1911
June 27, 2014–Spring 2015
A Long-Awaited Tribute: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian House and Pavilion
July 27, 2012–Ongoing
Collection on View
In celebration of Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is offering innovative ceramic plates and other products based on the art of celebrated Italian Futurist artists.
Tuesday, August 26, 3 pm
A tour for caregivers and their babies led by a museum educator.
Tropical Uncanny: Latin American Tropes and Mythologies
Fridays, August 8–September 26, 1 pm
Copresented with Cinema Tropical, this series constitutes a playful revision of some of Latin America's cinematic, cultural, political, and social tropes as shown through a mix of documentary, fiction, and experimental films.
Plan Your Visit
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue
(at 89th Street)
New York, NY 10128-0173
Hours & Ticketing
Sun 10 am–5:45 pm
Mon 10 am–5:45 pm
Tue 10 am–5:45 pm
Wed 10 am–5:45 pm
Fri 10 am–5:45 pm
Sat 10 am–7:45 pm
See Plan Your Visit for more information on ticketing.
Students and Seniors (65 years +) with valid ID $18
Children under 12 Free
Multimedia guides are free with admission.
Take a journey back through our Italian Futurism blog series in the exhibition’s final weeks.