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Station to Station A Nomadic Happening

NEWS - August 28, 2013

Nine Events in September featuring Leading Figures from the Art, Music, Culinary, and Literary Worlds will Take Place in New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Minnesota,New Mexico, Arizona, and California

Station to Station announced today that Suicide (New York), Thurston Moore & John Moloney/Caught on Tape (Pittsburgh, Chicago) and Evan Holm (Oakland) have been added to the lineup of nomadic Happenings this September. Charlotte Gainsbourg and Connan Mockasin will no longer be performing.

Additionally, two of the nine locations are changing: the NYC Happening (on September 6th) will move to Brooklyn, NYs Riverfront Studios and the Santa Fe/ Lamy Happening (September 18th) will move to the Santa Fe Farmers Market Pavilion in Santa Fe, NM.

Tickets are selling fast for Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening, the newest project from artist Doug Aitken, a liquid platform for artistic experimentation that connects artists, musicians, and cultural icons with diverse communities for a series of interventions and site-specific happenings. Over the course of three weeks in September, a train will travel from the Atlantic to the Pacific, making nine stops along the way in New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Minnesota, New Mexico, Arizona, and California, each time for a one-night only live event.


The $25 tickets are still available for Pittsburgh (September 8), Chicago (September 10), Minneapolis/St. Paul (September 12), Santa Fe (September 18), Barstow (September 24), and Oakland (September 28). New York, Winslow, and Los Angeles are sold out.

An artist-driven public art project made possible by the Levis brand, all funds from the sale of the tickets, as well as donations that can be made on the Station to Station website, go to support non-traditional programming at Station to Stations partner institutions: MoMA PS1, Carnegie Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Walker Art Center, SITE Santa Fe, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), the Sundance Institute, and Arcosanti Institute.

A moving platform for artistic experimentation, Station to Station invites artists and audiences alike to participate in a creative collision of contemporary art, experimental music, and film. Art works and musical performances will change at every stop. Across the entire journey, musical performances will include: Beck, Jackson Browne, Cat Power, Cold Cave, The Congos, Dan Deacon, Eleanor Friedberger, The Handsome Family, Lia Ices, Kansas City Marching Cobras, Lucky Dragons, Giorgio Moroder, Nite Jewel, No Age, Ariel Pinks Haunted Graffiti, Savages, Suicide, Sun Araw, THEESatisfaction, Thurston Moore & John Moloney/Caught on Tape, Twin Shadow, YOSHIMIO (OOIOO / Boredoms) & Hisham Akira Bharoocha (Soft Circle / Boredoms) & Ryan Sawyer (Lonewolf) TRIO, White Mystery, and others to be announced.

Works by the following artists will be featured throughout the journey: Doug Aitken, Allora & Calzadilla, Francis Als, Kathryn Andrews, Kenneth Anger, Taylor-Ruth Baldwin, Yto Barrada, Jonah Bokaer, Dara Birnbaum Olaf Breuning, Kate Casanova, Peter Coffin, Bruce Conner, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Thomas Demand, Cheryl Donegan, Sam Durant, Olafur Eliasson, Sam Falls, Urs Fischer, Oskar Fischinger, Fischli & Weiss, William Forsythe, Meschac Gaba, Theaster Gates, Liz Glynn, Fritz Haeg, Carsten Hller, Evan Holm, Christian Jankowski, Jim Jarmusch, Karen Kilimnik, Aaron Koblin, Yayoi Kusama, Nam June Paik, Ernesto Neto, Catherine Opie, Jorge Pardo, Philippe Parreno, Raymond Pettibon, Nicolas Provost, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, Jack Pierson, Kelly Sears, Stephen Shore, Roman Signer, Josh Smith, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Ryan Trecartin, James Turrell, Lawrence Weiner, John Whitney, and John Whitney, Jr., among others.

Throughout the journey, the food experience is inspired by Station to Station curator, Alice Waters, supporting the Edible Schoolyard Project. Working with Ms. Waters and inspired by her legacy, chef and forager, Leif Hedendal, will create customized culinary interventions both on the train and at each stop to include Slow Food farmers markets and his famed Dinner Discussions.

Each happening will feature five Nomadic Sculptures created by Kenneth Anger, Urs Fisher, Liz Glynn, Carsten Hller, and Ernesto Neto. The artists were asked to envision a yurt (a portable tent-like dwelling traditionally used by nomads in Central Asia). The Nomadic Sculptures range from Hllers yurt pierced with holes that visitors can throw Frisbees through, to Glynns creation of the universe that will evolve at each stop.

Every happening will also include a procession organized by Meschac Gabatwelve participants wearing different African headdresses will walk among the public as they enter the venue. At each stop a different flag created by Lawrence Weiner will be raised. Kathryn Andrew envisioned a poster for each citythe poster will have an image of one randomly chosen person, and that poster will become the face of the happening at each stop.

Additionally, at each stop the Levis brand will create and curate yurts, designed as an intimate gallery-like setting where local artists will be designing and crafting new products in real time. A tribute to the Levis brands Makers program, the Levis yurts will celebrate local artisan products. Artists featured include Folk Fibers, Cobra Boots, Chimayo, and Junkyard Jeans.


Details about each happening follows (*details and participants are subject to change*):

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