WHAT: Press open house with the artist for the participatory performance, “Sonic Blossom”
WHEN: Thursday, April 5
11:45 a.m. arrival recommended
WHERE: Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery
Eighth and F streets N.W.
Use F Street lobby entrance
WHO: Kim Sajet, director, National Portrait Gallery
Lee Mingwei, artist
Dorothy Moss, curator of painting and sculpture, National Portrait Gallery
Leslie Ureña, associate curator of photographs, National Portrait Gallery
On its first presentation in Washington, D.C., the National Portrait Gallery presents the critically acclaimed performance piece “Sonic Blossom” by artist Lee Mingwei as part of the museum’s 50th anniversary celebrations. The participatory artwork, the latest iteration of the museum’s “IDENTIFY” series, will provide visitors with the chance to receive “the gift of song” in the Portrait Gallery’s Great Hall. A professional singer, roaming the galleries in a custom-designed gown, will approach individual museumgoers and offer to share one of five lieder (songs) by Franz Schubert. Performances will take place from April 5 to April 29, Thursdays through Sundays (from noon to 4 p.m.).
Lee (b. Taiwan, 1964), currently based in New York and Paris, received a Master of Fine Arts from Yale University in 1997. His art has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Auckland Art Gallery; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, among others, and has participated in numerous biennials.
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