Exhibition - Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967 at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal October 10, 2008 to January 11, 2009

    MONTREAL, Sept. 24 /CNW Telbec/ - The Musée d'art contemporain will be
literally electrified this fall by the exhibition Sympathy for the Devil: Art
and Rock and Roll Since 1967. The title is taken from the eponymous Rolling
Stones song. Montréal is the only stop in Canada and the Northeast for this
exhibition, which will run from October 10, 2008 to January 11, 2009.
    Organized by Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art, Sympathy for the Devil
examines the history of the relationship between avant-garde art and rock
music over the past forty years. From Andy Warhol's legendary involvement with
The Velvet Underground in New York in 1967 to the dazzling 2007 installation
Pinball Wizard and The Byrds (Love in a Void) by British artist Jim Lambie,
Sympathy for the Devil is the most comprehensive presentation ever-including
artworks, album cover design, music videos and other materials-of work that
has emerged from the intersection of these two cultures.
    The exhibition comprises over 100 works (installations, sculptures,
paintings, drawings, videos, photographs) produced by sixty artists and
collectives, subdivided into six themes corresponding to the music scenes in
New York, the U.K., continental Europe, the West Coast (particularly Los
Angeles), the U.S. Midwest and the rest of the world.
    An extensive program of activities is planned to accompany this major
event (see the attached In Connection with the Exhibition).

                       Journey through the exhibition
    New York

    From the early 1960s on, New York was in the forefront of the convergence
of art and rock music. Andy Warhol's studio, known as The Factory, became a
hub of the city's underground cultural scene in the late sixties. Warhol
collaborated with artists working well outside the mainstream of current pop
music, and offered them heightened visibility and a way to merge art and rock.
His Screen Tests films, with Lou Reed, Maureen Tucker, John Cale and others,
are part of the exhibition. Later, in the following decade, punk, New Wave and
No Wave musicians shared stages and gallery spaces with visual artists who
were often performers as well.
    Among the New York artists featured are Rita Ackermann, Robert Longo,
Richard Prince, Christian Marclay, Adam Pendleton, Mika Tajima and Jack
Pierson. A group of portrait photographs by Richard Prince depicts such
legendary art and music figures as Brian Eno, David Byrne, Dee Dee Ramone,
Tina Weymouth, Adele Bertei, Kate Pierson, Cindy Wilson and Laurie Anderson.
Also on display are photographs from Richard Kern's New York Girls series and
stills from his film Submit to Me Now, as well as Christian Marclay's Untitled
(1987-2007), made up of vinyl LP albums spread over a gallery floor.

    United Kingdom

    In the U.K., art schools were hotbeds of highly creative exchanges between
avant-garde art and rock music. Artists in this section include Richard
Hamilton, Jeremy Deller, Steven Claydon, Scott King and Douglas Gordon.
Ephemera documenting the activities of the collective Throbbing Gristle are
also presented. Jim Lambie-artist, DJ and ex-member of the band The Boy
Hairdressers (which became Teenage Fanclub)-skilfully captures the energy and
spirit of rock music with his spectacular new sculptural installation.

    Continental Europe

    In continental Europe, the crossover between the visual arts and rock and
roll was fostered by the overlapping of the artistic and musical avant-gardes
and an awareness of industrial culture. The scene in Germany in the 1980s and
1990s, with artists such as Martin Kippenberger, Kai Althoff and Thomas Zipp,
was especially active in this regard. Among the other European artists
featured in the exhibition are Jutta Koether and Pipilotti Rist.

    West Coast

    On the U.S. West Coast, the connection between art and rock was more
geographically dispersed and loosely defined than in New York. The West Coast
art scene encompassed San Francisco's psychedelic culture of the 1960s and
anti-establishment figures based in Los Angeles. Included in this section are
Raymond Pettibon's drawings for flyers and album covers, Jason Rhoades' neon
sign installation Velvet Underground/Perfect World, and works by Mark Flores,
Thaddeus Strode, Dave Muller and Mungo Thomson.
    In Canada, Vancouver artist Rodney Graham explored installation,
photography and film, as well as music with the Rodney Graham Band. Graham's
Awakening, previously seen at the Musée in the solo exhibition devoted to this
artist in 2006, is presented here.

    U.S. Midwest

    Among the Midwest artists are Ed Paschke, Karl Wirsum (Chicago Imagists)
and Pedro Bell, along with newer Chicago artists like Melanie Schiff and Tony
Tasset, whose works arise out of vintage rock and roll culture.


    From the drawings of Japanese neo-Pop artist Yoshimoto Nara and Daniel
Guzman's noir rock-themed drawings to Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija's
recording studio and the large-scale graphic collages of the Brazilian
collective assume vivid astro focus, many other countries also explore and
celebrate the fusion of art and rock music.
    Punctuating this journey through the exhibition are stunning video
installations such as Andy Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable by Ronald
Nameth; Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore by Mark Leckey; Douglas Gordon's Bootleg
series; Tony Oursler's Sound Digressions in Seven Colors; Aida Ruilova's
Untitled; and Slater Bradley's The Year of the Doppelganger. Yet other videos
will be shown on monitors: Rock My Religion by Dan Graham and Synesthesia by
Tony Oursler. Finally, a video program will be presented, including works by
Art & Language and The Red Krayola, Judith Barry, Richard Kern and Sonic
Youth, Stephen Parrino, and The Residents.


    Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967 was organized by
the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and curated by MCA Chicago curator
Dominic Molon. The Montréal presentation was coordinated by Paulette Gagnon,
Chief Curator at the Musée d'art contemporain, with the support of François
LeTourneux, associate curator, and Marjolaine Labelle, curatorial assistant.
    Support for the exhibition was generously provided by Cari and Michael
Sacks. Additional support was provided by the following collectors and donors:
Sara Albrecht, Marilyn and Larry Fields, Brian Herbstritt, Martin and Rebecca
Eisenberg, Nancy and David Frej, Adrienne and Stan Green, Dana and Andy Hirt,
Sylvie Légère and Todd Ricketts, the Orbit Fund, Curt and Jennifer Conklin,
Sam Schwartz, and Debra and Dennis Scholl.
    Radio stations CHOM 97.7 FM and énergie 94.3 Montréal have joined with the
Musée as media partners for the Montréal presentation of Sympathy for the
    Montréal will definitely catch a wave of rock music this fall, with the
anthology Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967, set to run
at the Musée d'art contemporain from October 10, 2008 to January 11, 2009; the
exhibition Warhol Live: Music and Dance in Andy Warhol's Work, at the Montreal
Museum of Fine Arts from September 25, 2008 to January 18, 2009; and Replay,
devoted to artist Christian Marclay, to be presented at DHC/ART Foundation for
Contemporary Art from November 30, 2008 to March 29, 2009. Tourisme Montréal
is proud to partner this joint tourist promotion, under the banner Art Rocks
in Montréal.

    The Musée d'art contemporain is a provincially owned corporation funded by
the Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine du
Québec. It receives additional funding from the Department of Canadian
Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts.

    The Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal is located at 185
Sainte-Catherine Street West, Montréal, Québec H2X 3X5, Place-des-Arts metro.
Information: 514.847.6226 or www.macm.org. The museum is open Tuesday through
Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and until 9 p.m. on Wednesdays as well as for
its Nocturnes on the first Friday evening of every month. Admission: adults
$8, students $4.

        In Connection with Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll
                                 Since 1967
    Recording Studio
    Rirkrit Tiravanija
    Untitled 1996 (Rehearsal Studio No. 6 Silent Version)

    Presented in the exhibition Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll
Since 1967, Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija's Untitled 1996 (Rehearsal Studio
No. 6 Silent Version) offers visitors access to an actual recording studio.
Musicians of all skill levels can book one hour of free rehearsal time there
during museum opening hours. Panelled entirely in Plexiglas, the studio is
equipped with microphones, two guitars, a bass guitar and an electronic drum
kit, along with headphones that allow the musicians to hear themselves, and
let the audience outside the space listen to them. The instruments are not
amplified but are fed directly into a recording console. For spectators
walking through the exhibition, these rehearsals are thus paradoxically

    If you are interested in participating in this project, please download
    and print the online form available on the museum's website:

    Bookstore and Boutique

    A lavishly illustrated 288-page catalogue, entitled Sympathy for the
Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967, was co-published by the Museum of
Contemporary Art, Chicago, and Yale University Press. It contains essays by
MCA Chicago curator Dominic Molon, who curated the exhibition, and by Diedrich
Diederichsen, Anthony Elms, Dan Graham, Richard Hell, Mike Kelley, Bob Nickas,
Simon Reynolds and Jan Tumlir. It also includes a chronology, a bibliography,
a discography and a selective list of exhibitions. The catalogue may be
purchased for $59.95 at the museum's Olivieri Bookstore.
    The Musée Boutique also offers visitors a range of products related to the
show, including postcards and a selection of bracelets, earrings and bags made
from vinyl LPs.

    Point(s) of View Series

    In conjunction with the exhibition, a guided tour will be given by the
Musée's Chief Curator Paulette Gagnon, who coordinated the Montréal
presentation, on Wednesday, October 29, 2008, at 6 p.m. The event is free of
charge and will take place in French.

    Art Videos
    Gazoduc-TQM Room
    September 3, 2008 to February 1, 2009
    Tuesday to Sunday at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., plus Wednesdays
    at 6:30 p.m.
    and Monday, October 13 at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

    The History of Rock & Roll
    Prod.: Time-Life Video & Television; Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.,
    Series of 10 episodes, 5 DVDs, 570 min, in English
    Tuesday: episodes 1 and 2; Wednesday: episodes 3 and 4; Thursday:
    episodes 5 and 6; Saturday: episodes 7 and 8; Sunday: episodes 9 and 10

    This ten-part documentary covers the history of rock and roll, from its
humble beginnings in the 1950s to the 1990s. Both an introduction for
neophytes and a memoir for experts, The History of Rock & Roll is a monument
to the subject. The series contains 570 minutes of interviews with the leading
names in rock music and numerous concert highlights, from pre-rock (1950) to
the blues, boogie-woogie and the birth of the Lollapalooza festival in the
mid-nineties. Scattered throughout are new footage, some relatively obscure
clips of legends like James Burton and T-Bone Walker, and fascinating moments
with Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Steely Dan, Iggy Pop, Bruce Springsteen, Bob
Marley, Stevie Wonder and many others. The last-and no doubt most
surprising-part deals with punk. (Source: PBS)

    Sympathy for the Devil
    Dir.: Jean-Luc Godard, 1968
    110 min, in English
    Screenings: continuous showings every Friday

    In 1968, Jean-Luc Godard went to London to film the Rolling Stones and the
protest movements. This astonishing puzzle of a film draws parallels between
artistic creation and social utopia. Contacted by producer Eleni Collard to
shoot a film on the campaign to legalize abortion in Britain, Jean-Luc Godard
landed in London in late May 1968. Soon after he arrived, the abortion bill
passed and the film project lost its raison d'être. Godard decided to stay on
and make a movie with The Beatles or the Rolling Stones. The Beatles declined
the offer, but the Stones immediately jumped on board. The film was eventually
financed by two producers, Iain Quarrier and Michael Pearson. It was screened
in November 1968 in London in a tense atmosphere, after a falling-out between
Godard and his producers. The movie was released in France on May 7, 1969, and
had a subsequent theatrical run in 1982. "Godard happened to be there for two
particularly memorable nights," said Mick Jagger, assuring viewers that the
director could just as easily have found nothing of interest to film. (Source:

    Art Workshops

    For all, with family or friends
    October 10 to November 30, 2008
    Sundays at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
    Free for children under 12 (must be accompanied by an adult). No
reservation necessary.
    The 2006 work of the collective assume vivid astro focus, entitled
Abravana Cannibal and presented in the exhibition Sympathy for the Devil: Art
and Rock and Roll Since 1967, will guide participants in creating a novel
collage of an invented figure made up of disparate yet harmonious parts.

    Creative Tuesdays (art workshops for adults)
    October 21 and 28, and November 4, 2008 (series)
    1:30 to 4 p.m.
    Cost: $12 per session

    The wide variety of works on display in the exhibition Sympathy for the
Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967 will encourage participants to create
highly surprising images.
    Workshop registration: manon.guerin@macm.org, or tel. 514.847.6266
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For further information:

For further information: Source: Danielle Legentil, MACM, Public
Relations Coordinator, (514) 847-6232, danielle.legentil@macm.org; Bouba Slim,
Roy & Turner Communications, Press Officer, (514) 777-1926,
bouba@boubaslim.com; Visual material available: www.macm.org, Newsroom, Link:
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