FOR THE SAKE OF SUMMER | CHRISTOPHER WILLITS & DANNY PAUL GRODY
MFA hosts Christopher Willits & Danny Paul Grody, co-presented with Noise Pop, on August 23 at 7pm. The concert is part of For the Sake of Summer, MFA’s film and music series featuring an eclectic mix of musicians and filmmakers. Advance tickets may be reserved until 3pm at mcevoyarts.eventbrite.com. Reserved tickets are good until 15 minutes prior to showtime. Seating is limited. Please arrive early.
Grammy-nominated guitarist and producer Christopher Willits occupies a unique corner of the music universe, hovering above the intersection of electronic production’s nuts and bolts. His tireless activity has produced over 25 albums in the last 15 years—solo and in collaboration with artists including Ryuichi Sakamoto, Tycho, and Taylor Deupree. In Willits’ music, all elements are interconnected; voice and guitar lines fold into bleary, unrecognizable shapes and polyrhythmic textures, often overlapping with his own cinematic film and video work. The deep ambient terrain of his 2017 effort, Horizon, culminates Willits’ career-long journey for physicality and serenity in music.
Danny Paul Grody is a solo musician and founding member of San Francisco-based bands Tarentel and The Drift. He is a self-taught guitarist, and the melodies at the core of Danny’s songwriting bring to mind his love of West African kora, Takoma-style fingerpicking and all things minimal, repetitive, and hypnotic.
For the Sake of Summer expands upon themes explored in MFA’s summer exhibition, Ragnar Kjartansson: Scenes from Western Culture.
FOR THE SAKE OF SUMMER | LOST IN TRANSLATION
MFA hosts a free screening of Sofia Coppola’s hypnotic and groundbreaking 2003 film, Lost in Translation, co-presented with the Roxie Theater. The screening is part of For the Sake of Summer, MFA’s film and music series featuring an eclectic mix of musicians and filmmakers.
Set in Japan, Lost in Translation poignantly explores the emptiness that its Western protagonists feel within their Japanese reality. Starring Scarlett Johansen and Bill Murray, the film revels in contradictions, taking audiences on a journey of pleasure and melancholy. The screening at MFA is preceded by a compilation of cinema clips that relate to Western culture as seen through the lens of other cultures.
For the Sake of Summer expands upon film and music motifs and cultural themes explored in MFA’s summer exhibition, Ragnar Kjartansson: Scenes from Western Culture.
FOR THE SAKE OF SUMMER | LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT
MFA hosts ‘Love it or Leave it,’ an evening of short, experimental 16mm films. Selected by Canyon Cinema, the program features works by Jack Smith, Julie Murray, Jodie Mack, Lewis Klahr, Scott Stark, Tomonari Nishikawa, and Tom Palazzolo. These films employ familiar images and artifacts of mid-20th-century popular culture, laying bare an enthralling decadence of Western fantasy, consumerism, and excess.
‘Love it or Leave it’ 16mm Film Program:
Jack Smith, ‘Song for Rent,’ 1969, 4 min.
Julie Murray, ‘FF,’ 1986, 10 min.
Jodie Mack, ‘Point de Gaze,’ 2012, 5 min.
Lewis Klahr, ‘Altair,’ 1994, 8 min.
Scott Stark, ‘Back in the Saddle Again,’ 1997, 10 min.
Tomonari Nishikawa, ’45 7 Broadway,’ 2013, 5 min.
Tom Palazzolo, ‘Love It/Leave It,’ 1973, 15 min
The film screening is part of ‘For the Sake of Summer,’ MFA’s film and music series that expands upon film and music motifs and cultural themes explored in MFA’s summer exhibition, ‘Ragnar Kjartansson: Scenes from Western Culture.’