Thursday, January 29 at 7:30pm
Bang on a Can & The Jewish Museum present Beauty Is Power, a concert featuring “cello goddess” Maya Beiser, tied to the first ever exhibition about the legendary cosmetics entrepreneur and trendsetting art collector Helena Rubinstein. This program is the third concert of the Jewish Museum and Bang on a Can’s partnership to produce a series of dynamic musical performances inspired by the Jewish Museum’s diverse slate of exhibitions.
Maya Beiser’s concert features beautiful music by powerful women. From Hildegard von Bingen to Janis Joplin and Imogen Heap, Anna Clyne to Yoko Ono, this program explores themes of beauty, spirituality, and ritual. The concert will include the U.S. premiere of Anna Clyne’s Rest These Hands and a version of Yoko Ono’s seminal performance Cut Piece presented in collaboration with the innovative design trio threeASFOUR, whose 2014 Jewish Museum exhibition MER KA BA was hailed as “one of a kind” by Vogue.
Of her Beauty Is Power program, Maya says, “Inspired by the fascinating self-made beauty industry powerhouse Helena Rubinstein, I asked myself: Is beauty powerful? Is power beautiful? Can we, women, be both beautiful and powerful? Can we find our inner sway when we feel beautiful? In my art, I think a lot about beauty. For me, performing music is the act of peeling through layers of beauty, revealing its many faces. Today, women have seized the commerce of beauty; most fashion magazines are spearheaded by powerful women. But throughout the millennia, the art of music – the ultimate form of beauty – has been monopolized by men.”
The performance also includes O Virtus Sapientiae by Hildegard von Bingen, Summertime by Janis Joplin, the U.S. premiere of Rest These Hands by Anna Clyne, Byzantine Chant arranged by Aleksandra Vrebalov, Maya’s own arrangement of Hide and Seek by Imogen Heap, and an homage performance of Yoko Ono’s Cut Piece, with music from Far-Off Country by Eve Beglarian.
$18 General; $15 Students and Seniors; $12 Jewish Museum and Bang on a Can List Members.
Presented by Bang on a Can.