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MOCA announces Debbie Harry as gala performer

October 13, 2011 |  1:15 pm


You can almost hear the museum trustees wondering: "Who could top Lady Gaga on the Damien Hirst piano?"

In the past, MOCA has lined up pop sensations like Lady Gaga and Kanye West to perform at its annual fund-raising gala. Last year, Caetano Velosa, Beck and Devendra Banhart were a less obvious draw but arguably had more of a visual art connection.

Now MOCA is going with a longtime art-world favorite by lining up Deborah Harry to perform at its Nov. 12 gala, which is being developed by Marina Abramovic. In announcing the singer's participation, museum director Jeffrey Deitch calls her "an icon of music, art, and fashion, and one of the most influential people in contemporary culture."

Individual tickets run from $2,500 to $10,000.


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 Image: 1980 portrait of Deborah Harry by Andy Warhol on the cover of "Andy Warhol Portraits." Courtesy Phaidon.