The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl

The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl

By: Trevor Schoonmaker (editor)Paperback

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The Record is the full-color catalog accompanying the groundbreaking exhibition The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl, at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University from September 2, 2010 through February 6, 2011. The first exhibition to explore the culture of vinyl records in the history of contemporary art, The Record features rarely exhibited work and recent and newly commissioned pieces by thirty-three artists from around the world. These artists have taken vinyl records as their subject or medium, producing sound work, sculpture, installation, drawing, painting, photography, video, and performance. Works by well-known artists such as Laurie Anderson, Jasper Johns, Ed Ruscha, and Carrie Mae Weems appear alongside those of other North American artists, and of artists from Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America, some of whom have never before exhibited in a U.S. museum. Among the works shown are David Byrne's original Polaroid photomontage used for the cover of the 1978 Talking Heads album More Songs about Buildings and Food, the fictive soul "album covers" created by the outsider artist Mingering Mike in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and Wheel of Steel (2006), an arresting narrative of record-playing told through digital photos by the South African-born and Berlin-based artist Robin Rhode. In addition to the 225 images, 200 of which appear in color, the catalog includes personal reflections and critical analyses. All of the artists in the exhibition contribute personal statements about their work in relation to the vinyl record, and critics and scholars explore the historical impact of the record on art and music and the ways the medium has helped shape individual and collective identities.Contributors. Jeff Chang, Vivien Goldman, Jennifer Kabat, Mark Katz, Josh Kun, Barbara London, Mac McCaughan, Carlo McCormick, Charlie McGovern, Mark Anthony Neal, Piotr Orlov, Luc Sante, Trevor Schoonmaker, Dave Tompkins

About Author

Trevor Schoonmaker is Curator of Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. He is the editor of Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool; Street Level: Mark Bradford, William Cordova, and Robin Rhode; Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti; and Fela: From West Africa to West Broadway.


Foreword / Kimerly Rorschach 9 Curator's Acknowledgments / Trevor Schoonmaker 11 The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl / Trevor Schoonmaker 14 Record Timeline / Trevor Schoonmaker 48 Guided by Grooves: How Records Changed Music / Piotr Orlov 62 Beware of Gramomania: The Pleasures and Pathologies of Record Collecting / Mark Katz 68 Home of the Blues, House of Sounds: The Record Store / Charles McGovern 78 Just for the Record: Vinyl Rules / Carlo McCormick 86 Digging in the Crates / Mark Anthony Neal 96 El Disco Es Cultura / Josh Kun 106 The Record in Jamaica / Vivien Goldman 116 Needle to the Groove: Snippets from an Omnidirectional History / Jeff Chang 124 Do-It-Yourself / Barbara London 138 New Feeling / Jennifer Kabat 142 N. C. Noise / Mac McCaughan 154 Blazing Hip-Hop and R&B / Dave Tompkins 158 Yesterday and Today / Luc Sante 158 Cover to Cover 168 Exhibition Checklist and Artists' Statements 184 Artists' Biographies 202 Extended Playlist / Trevor Schoonmaker 212 Selected Bibliography 215 Timeline Reproduction Credits 216

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780938989332
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 216
  • ID: 9780938989332
  • weight: 404
  • ISBN10: 0938989332

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