Hirshhorn Museum Looking for Female Guitar Players for Ragnar Kjartansson Performance


Ragnar Kjartansson, Woman in E, 2016.


In preparation for its upcoming Ragnar Kjartansson solo exhibition, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, in Washington, D.C. is holding a casting call for female musicians to perform as part of a performance piece. The auditions, which take place July 12 and 13 in D.C. will test each applicant’s “stage presence, and ability to tune, re-string, and play basic chords on an electric guitar.”

In the past, the Icelandic Kjartannson has commissioned opera singers, French actors, and acoustic guitarists to participate in his performance pieces, which tend to highlight emotional tension through the use of repetition. For his video Me and My Mother (2000), he stood completely still while his mother spit in his face repeatedly over the course of 10 minutes.

The forthcoming Hirshhorn piece, Woman in E (2016), will be on view during the entire run of the exhibition, from October 13 through January 8, 2017. The application can be found on the Hirshhorn’s website. Only the first 80 applicants will be able to audition, so act quickly!

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