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Photos Of Summer Happenings At The Broad With Richard Hell, Sky Ferreira, Mas Ysa, Saturday July 30th 2016

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Richard Hell


These evenings at the Broad are a league of their own, they don’t bring the usual performers, and when they do (Sky Ferreira is mainstream enough to me), they don’t do what you expect them to do. If you were attending the second installation of Summer Happenings at the Broad, curated by Bradford Nordeen and Brandon Stosuy, you had eight possibilities, eight happenings to choose from, and if I skipped Brontez Purnell (dance and visual arts), experimental performer Anenon who was said to explore the intersection of jazz, electronic and ambient music, and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith with her synthesizers, I managed to see all the rest. Performances were happening at the same time at many places in the museum, so it was all about choices and I saw the very laid back Canadian Mas Ysa play his unique combination of experimental electronic techno-synth-pop… I will tell more later, but he was an original injecting a lot of drama in his synthetic music.

Then, singer, songwriter, model, and actress Sky Ferreira span a few tunes on the plaza stage, and I obviously would have preferred a performance from her, that was an underuse of her multiple talents. She came on stage with her hood on and said ‘I didn’t know it would be on stage, I am not a DJ, I am a musician!’ I left when she had just played Bowie, Prince and Morrissey, because I didn’t want to miss Richard Hell’s reading. He read an excerpt of his 2015 book ‘Massive Pissed Love: Nonfiction 2001-2014’, then long excerpts of an upcoming novel, a very dark work filled with dirty sex, a ‘really cold-ass noir’ as he described it, with offensive and violent sexual stuff, but the people around me stayed totally stoic till the end! What a world. His long descriptions of anal sex were accompanied by the ambient sounds of minimalist Haxan Cloak, who continued the droning party after the reading. Before leaving, I caught a dance performance in the museum gallery, choreographed by Ryan Heffington, who is best known in the world of music for his work with Sia (‘Chandelier’) and Arcade Fire (‘We Exist’),… People were running all over the place to watch the dancers. I am definitively getting used to these Summer Happenings at the Broad, can they extend them to a fall and winter session?


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Mas Ysa

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Sky Ferreira

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Richard Hell

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Richard Hell

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The Broad audience

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Ryan Heffington

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