Join Lee Ranaldo—musician, artist, record producer, writer, and co-founder of Sonic Youth—for a special Outside the Box gallery talk on “Raymond Pettibon: A Pen of All Work.”
Outside the Box offers a roster of gallery-based talks given by a variety of guest speakers over the course of a season. In this series, lecturers with diverse backgrounds and affinities will address the New Museum’s spring exhibition, “Raymond Pettibon: A Pen of All Work,” in forty-five- to sixty-minute presentations taking place in the Museum’s galleries. As a way to emphasize the Museum’s strong commitment to new art and new ideas, Outside the Box gallery talks are open to the public and are intended to provide participants with multidisciplinary perspectives on New Museum exhibitions. To this end, lecturers will speak about the exhibition or themes emergent in Pettibon’s works from the various positions they occupy—be they academic, personal, political, or otherwise. With their distinct individual relationships to the artist and works on view, lecturers will engage in rich investigations that illuminate and probe the Museum’s current exhibition program.
Lee Ranaldo co-founded Sonic Youth in 1981, and has been active on the New York music and art scene for the past thirty-five years, recording and performing, producing records, exhibiting visual art, and publishing several books of journals and poetry. He will have a solo show of new paintings and drawings at Galerie Jan Dhaese in Ghent, Belgium, in fall 2017. His “Lost Highway” drawings and “Black Noise” prints (drypoints on vinyl records) were exhibited in NYC at the VOLTA art fair in March 2015. He was artist-in-residence at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, in July 2013, and at Villa Arson, Nice, in April 2014. His new LP Electric Trim will be released in September 2017. With his partner Leah Singer, he has recently given live performances of Contre Jour, a large scale, multi-projection sound and light event with suspended electric guitar phenomena that challenges the usual performer/audience relationship.
Lee first met Pettibon in the mid-1980s when Sonic Youth began spending time in Los Angeles on a regular basis, and they have been friends and occasional collaborators ever since.