Ragnar Kjartansson Taps The National To Perform One Song for Six Hours at MoMA PS1


Ragnar Kjartansson, the Icelandic artist who is coming off the success of his hugely popular mutli-channel video “The Visitors” at Luhring Augustine, will close MoMA PS1‘s Sunday Sessions season by having indie darlings The National perform their song “Sorrow” for six hours on May 5 in the Long Island City museum’s VW Dome.

The event, cheekily titled “A Lot of Sorrow” (with $15 tickets sure to sell out very fast), is slated to run from noon until 6pm, and continues Kjartansson’s project of looping and drawing out musical moments and fragments in Abramovician feats of endurance.

A press release announcing the performance-installation-concert says of the the Brooklyn-based band that their

music and lyrics repeatedly conjure notions of romantic suffering and contemporary Weltschmerz – themes Kjartansson often uses in his own work employing references as wide-ranging as Ingmar Bergman, the German Romantics, and Elvis Presley. As in all of Kjartansson’s performances, the idea behind A Lot of Sorrow is devoid of irony, yet full of humor and emotion. It constitutes another quest to find the comic in the tragic and vice versa.

Tickets to the event, if there are any left, can be had here.

— Benjamin Sutton

(Image: Ragnar Kjartansson, “A Lot of Sorrow-sketch,” 2013. Courtesy the artist, Luhring Augustine.)