Last Day of Allora & Calzadilla’s Hole-Punched Piano Performance at MoMA

01/10/2011 9:58 AM |

Just over a month ago an unusual piano took center stage in the MoMA atrium, an absurd functional sculpture created by Puerto Rico-based artist duo Allora & Calzadilla (our 2011 Venice Biennale team), who cut a hole into the center of a grand piano, from which a rotating cast of pianists played a passage from Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” while wheeling the modified instrument around the towering space.

Today that performance, “Stop, Repair, Prepare: Variations on Ode to Joy for a Prepared Piano” (2008), one of the Modern’s recent acquisitions and the ninth exhibition in their Performance series, comes to a close, so if you haven’t already and inexplicably find yourself in Midtown today with nothing to do, go visit MoMA; you won’t regret it. I interviewed Guillermo Calzadilla around the time rehearsals began for the piece, and you can read that here for further proof.