Stopping by Gravity Records today to pick up one of my many special orders and play catch-up with the homies, Eric reminded me of one of the coolest events happening right now in the Tar Heel state- The Record. For those not familiar, the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University is hosting what seems to be a truly fantastic exhibit, focused on vinyl records as both the subject and medium for art. It’s been running since September 2010, and only has about a week and a half left, ending February 6th, 2011. Artists involved include North Cackalacks own 9th Wonder (producer extraordinaire and former member of hip hop darlings Little Brother); David Byrne (of Talking Heads fame); and perpetually avant-garde artist, Laurie Anderson. As a companion to this incredible collection (curated by native North Carolinian Trevor Schoonmaker), there is also a 216-page color catalogue which includes commentary by, among others, Jeff Chang and Mark Anthony Neal, two cultural critics/music writers I highly recommend.
Unfortunately, I found out too late and won’t be able to check it out; hopefully, some of you can find a little time to boogie up to Durham and soak it all in. Just don’t rub it in if you see me. And please ignore my silent, tearful sobbing.