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Sing your favorite book at the Hammer Museum

August 4, 2011 |  1:42 pm

Sing Your Favorite Book at the Hammer Museum
I'm not sure what it's about, exactly, but if I could have gotten to the Hammer Museum by lunchtime Thursday, I would have made it a point to see Sing Your Favorite Book in action. Thursday's book, excerpted: Michael Chabon's "The Yiddish Policemen's Union," sung by Tany Ling.

The series is curated by musician and sound curator Jessica Catron, and seems to be a mashup of words and song. It's connected to another novelstic mashup on exhibit now, Ed Ruscha: On the Road, which is a meeting of Ed Ruscha's art with Jack Kerouac's text.

"Having created his own limited edition artist book version of On the Road in 2009 published by Gagosian Gallery and Steidl, and illustrated with photographs that he took, commissioned, or found," the Hammer writes, "Ruscha has created an entirely new body of paintings and drawings that take their inspiration from passages in Kerouac’s novel."

The Sing Your Favorite Book series continues at the Hammer Thursdays around lunchtime into the fall.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Singing. Credit: J. Astra Brinkmann via Flickr.

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