This just in from P4k Media Corps: The MGMTs, apparently desiring a change of pace from Bowery Ballroom and MHall Williamsburg, will be performing two unique “musical experience” performances at the Guggenheim Museum on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The shows, which are scheduled for November 10 and 11, are in honor of the Guggenheim’s Maurizio Cattelan retrospective—the Italian artist’s work “will encircle the band as they perform, exhibited throughout the spiral-shaped building.”
“We’re creating a musical experience that works for the building, and for the construction and presentation of the Cattelan exhibition,” explain Andrew and Ben via press release. “The art exhibition is done in a completely original way, so it deserves music which is completely original.”
The video above is a sort of interview slash promo for the Guggenheim performances. In explaining the inspiration between the museum appearances, Andrew VanWyngarden reminisces on a Wesleyan memory from freshman year, ten years ago this fall, when he lived in WestCo:
Ben and I made a sculpture once, when we were freshmen in college. [ . . . ] It was just after September 11th. And there was a bush. And we dressed it in masking tape and pears and American flags and caused quite a controversy in the dorm area. The title was ‘Leaf Know Trace.’ [ . . . ] I think back in college we had that sort of prankster, musical, terrorist kinda—but also working in the pop . . . what do ya call it.
No doubt the Guggenheim Performances will be original and extrasensory and dope. But will they compare to Zonker Harris Day 2003?