MGMT Live at the Guggenheim Nov. 10 & 11October 12, 2011 - by City Guide News Desk
The Guggenheim Museum will present a unique musical performance by the rock band MGMT at the after-party for the annual Guggenheim International Gala on Thursday, November 10, 2011, held at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on the occasion of the exhibition Maurizio Cattelan: All. A second MGMT performance at the museum will take place on Friday, November 11, 2011.
The 2011 Guggenheim International Gala will celebrate the retrospective Maurizio Cattelan: All, in which the artist's entire body of work will be suspended en masse from the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed rotunda in a provocative, site-specific installation. With over 130 artworks on view from the rotunda floor and from varying heights of the museum ramps, the exhibition offers a dramatic setting for guests at the Guggenheim International Gala and at the MGMT events.
In anticipation of the performance, MGMT said, "We're creating a musical experience that works for the building, and for the construction and presentation of the Cattelan exhibition. The art exhibition is done in a completely original way, so it deserves music which is completely original. The Guggenheim performance won't be a traditional MGMT show, but it will be ____."
A preview video of the band members is available on guggenheim.org/mgmt. The MGMT performance is produced by Bronwyn Keenan, Director of Special Events, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and Sam Brumbaugh, Special Events Consultant, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
Tickets to the November 10th Guggenheim International Gala after-party at 9:30 pm include cocktails and dessert. These tickets are $150 for Guggenheim members and $200 for non-members. A one-year membership to the museum's Young Collectors Council with an individual ticket to the after-party is available for $600. Tickets to the November 11th performance with a cash bar are $35 for Guggenheim members and $40 for non-members. There is limited capacity.
Guggenheim Members may purchase tickets for both performances beginning Thursday, October 13 at 10 am. Tickets to both performances will be available to the public beginning Friday, October 14 at 10 am. For tickets and more information, visit guggenheim.org/mgmt.
For further information on tickets to the Guggenheim International Gala dinner or to the November 7th benefit auction at Phillips de Pury being held in association with the Guggenheim International Gala, contact Maela Jones at 212 360 4309 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Roger Kisby
MGMT co-founders, Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser, met at Wesleyan University in 2001. Their debut album, Oracular Spectacular (2008), released through Columbia Records, garnered the band three Grammy nominations, including Best New Artist. The "musically adventurous" eclectic mix of tracks that comprise Congratulations (2010) demonstrate MGMT's unconventional pop structures. The album debuted at #2 on the US Billboard 200 and #4 in the UK, and received tremendous popular acclaim. Performing live as a five piece band, MGMT continue to entertain through television appearances, including a spot on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon this past September performing Pink Floyd's "Lucifer Sam," frequent performances at music festivals around the globe, and projects such as a recent edition of the LateNightTales music compilation. Ben and Andrew are currently at work on the third MGMT album.
About the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
Founded in 1937, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of art, primarily of the modern and contemporary periods, through exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and publications. Currently the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation owns and operates the Guggenheim Museum on Fifth Avenue in New York and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection on the Grand Canal in Venice, and provides programming and management for the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. The Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin is the result of a collaboration, begun in 1997, between the Guggenheim Foundation and Deutsche Bank. The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, a museum of modern and contemporary art designed by Frank Gehry on Saadiyat Island, adjacent to the main island of Abu Dhabi city, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, is currently in progress. More information about the foundation can be found at guggenheim.org.