Go See: Sonic Youth Etc. : Sensational Fix at the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf through May 10, 2009

February 5th, 2009

Christian Marclay, Untitled, 1987 via Art Daily.

Sonic Youth etc. : Sensational Fix is on display now at Kunsthalle Düsseldorf. The exhibition explores the collaborative works of the historic experimental band Sonic Youth and the artists, filmmakers, designers, and musicians they have worked with since their formation in 1981. The exhibition illustrates the history of the New York City band through records, posters, T-shirts, instruments, and photographs which serve to encourage the audience to consider the division between “high” and “popular” art. The works themselves, much like the music of Sonic Youth, document an alternative coming of age including teenage rebellion, restlessness of youth, the search for fame, identity, gender roles, sexuality, and religion. The show features the work of notables Jenny Holzer, Raymond Pettibon, Richard Prince, Cindy Sherman, and Jeff Wall, among others., and will conclude with a sold-out Sonic Youth performance on April 24, 2009. Sonic Youth etc. : Sensational Fix has previously been displayed at LiFe in Saint-Nazaire, France and the Museion Bozen in Italy, and will move to Malmö Konsthall in Sweden, and the Centro Huarte de Arte Contemporaneo in Spain following its current stay in Düsseldorf.

Press Release [Kunsthalle Düsseldorf]
Sonic Youth etc. : Sensational Fix [Sonic Youth Media]
Sonic Youth etc. : Sensational Fix
[Art News]
Sonic Youth etc. : Sensational Fix at Kunsthalle Düsseldorf [Art Daily]
Fountain of Sonic Youth [Hint Mag]

The central section of the Sonic Youth etc. : Sensational Fix as displayed at LiFE in Saint-Nazaire, France, via Farm4. The exhibition is arranged in seven parts divided into a central section and six smaller surrounding sections. The central section of the exhibition focuses on Sonic Youth’s paraphernalia including a selection of early fliers, fanzines, photographs of the band, and a video compilation of live material that is projected within the space. The surrounding sections are dedicated to the late 1970’s and early 1980’s downtown New York City art scene, the escape from suburbia and the ensuing vagabond lifestyle, the art and hardcore scene of the 1980’s West Coast, overseas artists, and a selection of favorite music and video as curated by the band members.

The band being interviewed in the exhibition space via Sonic Youth.

Album cover for Sonic Youth’s Goo by Raymond Pettibon via Artfagcity.