The escalator circulated past the usual operating hours. Keith Haring flip flops and Ellsworth Kelly prints awaited glances from window shoppers at the respective The Shop. The outwardly porous and internally cavernous 120,000 sq. foot box, known as The Broad, welcomed visitors to the third Nonobject(ive): Summer Happenings of the series of late-night music performance and multimedia arts on Saturday, Aug. 20. The postwar and contemporary art museum opened its courtyard and artwork, in addition to the first special exhibit Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life.
“I don’t wanna move,” sang Brooklyn-based, trans rocker Macy Rodman during her song “Lazy Girl.” The singer continued with Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide,” which progressed with hi hats, yelps and a wig tug. Her arms flailed in the air, and soon she was on the ground like Shakira in her “Whenever, Wherever” music video. The multipurpose room became a mini warehouse party with an audience only prepared for an elementary school assembly.
Moments after Rodman cleared the stage, Rostam Batmanglij played at the main stage in the courtyard. His ephemeral performance, in reality, included eight songs. “Are you ready?” said the former Vampire Weekend member to the crowd as he put Angel Deradoorian (Dirty Projectors) on the satellite. The song, co-written with Andrew Wyatt (Miike Snow), “Only Ever Wanted To Hold You” brought out the autotune. Rostam said the final song “Don’t Let It Get To You” actually made its first debut in Highland Park in 2011. As the singer-songwriter swayed his microphone back and forth and puts his palms together, he said his farewell to the crowd.
The Broad’s first special exhibit Cindy Sherman: “Imitation of Life” is open to public until Oct. 2. The next and final Nonobject(ive): Summer Happenings is on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 8:30 p.m. with Sophie, Julianna Barwick, Lauren Bousfield, Elysia Crampton and Charles Atlas. Tickets are $35 with same-night access to the full museum.
The summer happenings at The Broad are like a more sublime and adult-friendly version of MoMA PS1: Warm Up.
For more info., visit: www.thebroad.org.