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Past Event Off the Wall: 2011 – An Evening with Ragnar Kjartansson and Friends


Ragnar Kjartansson, Davíð Þór Jónsson and Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir, photo Margrét Blöndal

Ragnar Kjartansson is an artist whose work has been shown from Venice to Sundance, and a founding member of the Icelandic band Trabant (“part political satire, part space rock and plenty experimental,” according to PBS). For this special one-night-only affair, Ragnar invites his friends and family along for an intimate vaudeville-style show at the Carnegie Music Hall. Though this group performs together on Sunday evenings at Ragnar´s mother´s house in Reykjavík, this unique performance marks the group’s first public appearance.

Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir is a performance and video artist who has written a melodramatic play to coincide with the evening’s concert.  Davíð Þór Jónsson is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, performer and composer who has worked intensively with Ragnar and Ásdís. And Ragnar’s three nieces will take a break from their ongoing Hall of Sculpture performance to join the group in the Music Hall.

Recent critical essays and articles discussing Kjartansson’s work have appeared in publications including Artforum, Art In America, ArtReview, Frieze, Modern Painters, and The New York Times.

This performance is co-presented with The Carnegie Museum of Art, in connection with the exhibition, Forum 66: Ragnar Kjartansson on view at the Carnegie Museum of Art March 11 – September 25, 2011

Additional Information

All Off The Wall performances may contain adult subject matter and strong language.

Seating is limited for most performances, advance purchase is strongly suggested.

This event does not occur at The Andy Warhol Museum but at The Carnegie Music Hall.


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