Musique Plastique at Agnès B

Last week the group show Musique Plastique opened to a packed house at French boutique agnès b. in New York.

Cradling bottles of beer and plastic cups of wine, people dipped and weaved around the installations set up at the store’s front on 50 Howard.

Curator Jean François Sanz invited 20 international artists working in both visual and musical arts to contribute pieces that explore the relationship between the two disciplines. Some of the pieces demonstrated the artist’s involvement in both industries, while others revealed the impact the other field has had on their work.

Filmmaker Jonas Mekas contributed an entire series of photographs, many taken in the 1960s and ’70s, of famous musicians and icons. Elvis was captured onstage during a performance at Madison Square Gardens, wiggling and tossing around his cape, and John Lennon hanging out with friends.

Etienne Charry of French pop group Oui Oui produced a found art installation of vintage radios on plain white pedestals that took up an entire corner of the shop. Other contributing artists included Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, Brian Degraw of Gang Gang Dance, musician Daniel Johnston and visual artists David Shrigley and Liz Wendelbo.

Local designer Cynthia Rowley and photographer David Godlis were among the crowd that came out for American debut of the show, which originally opened at the agnès b. Galerie du Jour in Paris, in January 2011.

“Musique Plastique” runs through August 25 at agnès b. boutique, 50 Howard Street, New York.

Photos by: Eduardo Enrique Silva

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