Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Ana Prvacki video still by Bijoyini Chatterjee.
Adam Pendleton, photo by Stephen White.

December 6, 2010

6 December 2010 through 7 December 2010, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

three scenes (variation one) by Adam Pendleton
16 December 2010, 7:00 pm

280 The Fenway
Boston, Massachusetts 02115

What is on at the Gardner Museum in December?

This December 2010, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, will premiere two individual Artist projects by Ana Prvacki and Adam Pendleton

Ana Prvacki

Tuesday, December 7, 2010 and Wednesday, December 8, 2010 ▪ 11:30 am to 1:00 pm ▪ Throughout the Galleries

In recent years, part of Ana Prvacki’s performance work has been connected to creating different soundscapes in museums executed in collaboration with groups of local musicians, singers and “wandering bands.” Prvacki first experimented with this form in 2008 at the Castello di Rivoli in Turin, and has produced similar projects on the New York High Line, at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

In May of this year, Prvacki invited composer Neil Leonard of the Berklee College of Music to collaborate on a sound piece with four of his graduate students (Katie Bilinski, Julia Easterlin, Christian LI, Rose Seyfried) at the Gardner Museum. For a period of several months during the fall, they performed in the galleries their daily practice routines once a week, in the morning before the museum opened its doors to the public. Prvacki’s concept has been to invite these students to perform informal practicing scales, tonal exercises, trills, while roaming the galleries and exploring the visual and the acoustic environment of the museum.

On December 7th and 8th, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, the musicians will continue this experimental project while the museum is open to the general public, allowing visitors to explore the different sounds echoing throughout the museum while they encounter the galleries and artworks.

In creating the work Performing Daily Practice, the artist has used the specific spatial and acoustic characteristics of the Gardner context as the foundation on which to create a new aural experience of the museum. “The Gardner Museum is a very special place,” says Prvacki. “We might think that it operates as an enormous instrument that can be played in many ways, or as a stage, a succession of galleries forming a lyrical set”.

A brochure will provide added context for visitors so that they may share insights into the performers’ experiences at the museum.

Adam Pendleton
three scenes (variation one)

Thursday, December 16, 2010 ▪ 7:00 pm ▪ Presented as part of Gardner After Hours (5:30 to 9:30 pm)

Working in multiple media, including silkscreen, performance, sculpture, and text, Adam Pendleton’s conceptual practice composes formal templates into which he slots information, shifting language, forms, and images into the arena of artistic inquiry. His performances combine specialized discourse and common knowledge in a redistribution of cultural information.

Adam Pendleton came to the Gardner in September 2009 as an Artist-in-Residence. On December 16 he returns for the premiere of a new work entitled three scenes (variation one). The scenes will include a re-orchestrated interpretation of Stephin Merritt’s pop song The Book of Love with vocalist Colin Killalea and a string quartet made up of Emily Deans, Marika Hughes, Yon Joo Lee and Melanie Swift; a reading by Pendleton; and a vocal solo by classically-trained singer Alicia Hall Moran.

three scenes (variation one) uses texts from sources that the artist has been working with since 2007. It follows from three scenes, a 2009 commission by Kunstverein (Amsterdam) in which material from all of Pendleton’s performances to date was assembled and re-appropriated, invoking the notion of a retrospective.

This will be the last performance in the Tapestry Room and the final Gardner After Hours event before the program takes a year-long hiatus in preparation for the opening of the new wing in early 2012.


Artist residencies are made possible, in part, by the Josephine and Louise Crane Foundation, The Nimoy Foundation, The Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and generous individuals.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
280 The Fenway, Boston, Massachusetts 02115 USA
(001) 617 278 5156

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Open Daily, Tues through Sun 11 am to 5 pm and Thurs, Dec 16, 11 am to 9:30 pm

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