Geneviève Borne, spokesperson for the exhibition Sympathy for the Devil at the MAC

    MONTREAL, Oct. 8 /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, which will run from October 10, 2008 to January
11, 2009. The charming and dynamic television host Geneviève Borne will act as
spokesperson for the show.
    Borne has taken on this role with great enthusiasm. A keen art and music
lover, not to mention musician, DJ, world traveller and photographer, she is
just the right person to represent the exhibition. In her eight years as a
host on MusiquePlus, she had the opportunity to interview the top names in
rock music. This season, she has found a new outlet for her passion for music
by joining Télé-Québec's "Belle et Bum."
    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. The title is taken from the eponymous Rolling
Stones song. 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.
    Montréal is the only stop in Canada and the Northeast for this exhibition
comprising over 100 works (installations, sculptures, paintings, drawings,
videos, photographs) produced by sixty artists and collectives, and 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, and encompassed
a variety of approaches. 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 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.

    Source and information
    Danielle Legentil, MACM
    Public Relations Coordinator Tel.: 514.847.6232
    Bouba Slim, Roy & Turner Communications
    Press Attaché Tel.: 514.777.1926

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