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Shake Rattle and Roll: Christian Marclay

Part of Christian Marclay

This new exhibition of works by artist/experimental musician Christian Marclay is anchored by the Walker-commissioned video installation Shake Rattle and Roll (fluxmix). Created during Marclay’s artist residency, the work emerged from his curiosity about the Walker’s extensive Fluxus collection—some 500 works by such artists as Nam June Paik, Ben Vautier, and Yoko Ono—and its holdings of multiples by Joseph Beuys. Presented on 16 video monitors, these mysterious objects-wooden toys and games, puzzles, and various nonsensical items—come alive. Marclay’s playful investigation of their sonic possibilities creates a clamorous symphony of images, a portfolio of sounds. Also on view is Mixed Reviews (2001), a video featuring a superbly expressive actor reciting a collage of music reviews in American Sign Language and the print suite Graffiti Composition (1996-2002). Presented in collaboration with Franklin Art Works, this show is the first event in a series that marks Marclay’s residency through spring 2005.

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Christian Marclay’s residency is made possible by generous support from the Bush Foundation, The Nimoy Foundation, and John Taft and Martha McPhee.