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Geoffrey Farmer at Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst

Geoffrey Farmer: “Let’s Make the Water Turn Black”

May 23 – August 18, 2013
Production on Display: May 7 – 21, 2013

The artistic practice of Geoffrey Farmer integrates forms of collecting and scholarship employed by cultural historians, and draws on a diverse repertoire. After extensive research, the artist builds collections that unite aspects of visual art, literature, music, politics, history, and sociology, and crystallize in sprawling theatrical installations. Echoing a 1968 composition by Frank Zappa, from which it also borrows the title, Farmer’s “Let’s Make the Water Turn Black”—produced especially for the Migros Museum of Contemporary Art—presents an improvised chronology of the American musician. Choreographed sculptures on a stage coalesce into a multifaceted and atmospheric work that unfolds over the course of the day.

Between 7 and 21 May, in the context of Production on Display, the Migros Museum of Contemporary Art is allowing visitors to have a glimpse of a work in production. During the opening hours the public is invited to observe the run-throughs and rehearsals to learn more about the content and technical aspects of the emerging installation.

Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst
Limmatstrasse 270
8005 Zürich
Tue, Wed, Fri 11 am – 6 pm
Thu 11 am – 8 pm
Sat, Sun 10 am – 5 pm
closed on Mondays