Sometimes art, like film, has a musical score. Over the next few weeks, several museums and cultural insitutions are turning to orchestras, musicians or DJs to bring sound (and patrons) to their galleries. In most cases, performances are free or cheaper than they would be in a concert setting.
“Music Off the Walls: Members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic”
THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM
Sunday, Nov. 21, 2 p.m.
The afternoon event begins with a gallery talk on the museum’s new exhibition “Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera.” Photography was far from a sideline for the renowned realist painter. Rockwell and his photographers took over 20,000 images in his lifetime. He used them chiefly as tools to improve the realism in his portraiture. After the tour, performers revisit Rockwell’s America with a program featuring the music of Scott Joplin and the writing of Charles Ives. Tickets are $10 to $15.
“Peter & the Wolf”
THE SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM
Performances throughout December
The Guggenheim’s presentation of Sergei Prokofiev’s Russian classic Peter and the Wolf is an annual tradition. What’s new this year is that artist Takashi Murakami’s production company, Kaikai Kiki, and artist Rei Sato will create an art installation that attempts to bring the cautionary tale to life. Isaac Mizrahi will narrate as New York City Opera conductor George Manahan leads the Juilliard Ensemble of oboes, bassoons, flutes and lesser animals. Tickets are $30 to $35.
“Deakin / Prince Rama”
Friday, Dec. 10, 7 p.m.
You can’t claim you weren’t warned: This performance is clearly identified as part of the museum’s “Get Weird” program. It features Josh Dibb, a member of Animal Collective, who performs here as his persona “Deakin.” Prince Rama, meanwhile, promises “Krishna chants, horror soundtracks, revelatory psychedelic explorations and the codeine drone of slowed and chopped rap.” On view in the museum’s lobby is a sound-related artwork: Haegue Yang’s Series of Vulnerable Arrangements–Voice and Wind (2009)–an apparently loud and purposely smelly sculpture of venetian blinds, industrial fans and “scent atomizers.” Tickets are $12 to $15.
The New York Philharmonic’s
New Music Series
THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
Saturday, Nov. 20, 7 p.m.
No surprises here, except pleasant ones: Music lovers who want to preview the show can click on a link on the museum’s Web site to hear what will be performed. Alan Gilbert conducts and Magnus Lindberg hosts this evening at the museum’s Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium. The music is new, but the view is ancient: To get to the theater, patrons will walk through the museum’s spectacular collection of Egyptian art.Tickets are $20.
“An Evening With the Raincoats”
THE MUSEUM OF
Saturday, Nov. 20, 8:30 p.m.
Part of the museum’s packed PopRally series geared to younger patrons, this evening features a feminist postpunk band, a DJ and admission to a couple of the museum’s shows. Open late will be two exhibitions featuring women artists: “Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography” and “Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen.” Thirsty punks take note: There’s an open bar until 10 p.m. with admission. Tickets are $23 to $25.
“Bob Marley and His Legacy”
THE AMERICAS SOCIETY
Nov. 16-Nov. 21
Several events, musical and otherwise, mark this salute to, and symposium concerning, the life and work of the late Jamaican reggae master Bob Marley, Highlights include a conversation between Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records, and Marley biographer Christopher John Farley, plus a party on the Lower East Side featuring vintage reggae records. Concurrent to the symposium, the Jamaican Consulate will present an exhibition of images by photographer Kim Gottlieb-Walker from the book Bob Marley and the Golden Age of Reggae.