The National To Play "Sorrow" For Six Straight Hours For MoMA Exhibit

Donovan Farley

by Donovan Farley

Published April 24, 2013

See, I found this story even more striking than you probably did, as one late night last summer I passed out in bed with my headphones on listening to The National. Apparently in my beer-addled state, I put the ipod on repeat instead of shuffle, and I awoke to find that I had listen to High Violet cut "Sorrow" 96 times in a row throughout the night.

If you keep the song and the number of times played in a row and exchange whatever weird PBR soaked dreams I was having with some of the finest art in the world and you have what will be taking place at the Museum of Modern Art on May 6th. The song will be part of an original work by Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson titled A Lot of Sorrow. The museum had this to say about the song's part in the exhibit: “By stretching a single pop song into a day-long tour de force the artist continues his explorations into the potential of repetitive performance to produce sculptural presence within sound.”


The band will perform at the exhibit from noon until 6pm on May 6th and according to the band's newsletter, "Attendees will have an opportunity to watch the band perform inside the PS1′s VW Dome ”for a few minutes at a time, but the audio will be audible in the courtyard”.

Purchase tickets to this unique event here.

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