Walker Art Center Flashback: Joan Jeanrenaud Plays the Ice Cello

May 22, 2020 | art/design

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Nineteen years ago today, cellist Joan Jeanrenaud sawed, slapped, picked, and played a block of ice in the shape of a cello for nearly three hours. The percussive sounds were amplified in the Walker galleries by sound artist Gregory Kuhn along with the dripping noise of water falling from the melting sculpture. Jeanrenaud’s performance was a remount of Charlotte Mooman’s Ice Music, created by artist Jim McWilliams in 1972, and originally performed in the nude.

 

Joan Jeanrenaud Plays the Ice Cello

Nineteen years ago today, cellist Joan Jeanrenaud sawed, slapped, picked, and played a block of ice in the shape of a cello for nearly three hours. The percussive sounds were amplified in the Walker galleries by sound artist Gregory Kuhn along with the dripping noise of water falling from the melting sculpture. Jeanrenaud’s performance was a remount of Charlotte Mooman’s Ice Music, created by artist Jim McWilliams in 1972, and originally performed in the nude.Let us know if you were there.

Posted by Walker Art Center on Tuesday, May 19, 2020

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