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Hybrid Vigor: Frakenthaler and Ravel
Sarah Rothenberg, pianist
Helen Frankenthaler’s 1973 painting becomes the dramatic backdrop for Sarah Rothenberg’s performance of Ravel’s sensuous solo piano work, Une barque sur l’ocean. Rothenberg then leads us, from the piano, in a spontaneous discussion of color, line, texture, harmony in abstract painting and music, as we move from looking to listening and back again. Drawing on Frankenthaler’s breakthrough approach to canvas, “making line out of color,” and the influence of nature and landscape on both music and painting, Rothenberg finds illuminating connections between harmony and color, texture and paint, and the process of creating form and composition across different art forms.
DACAMERA Artistic Director Sarah Rothenberg has been creating interdisciplinary programs connecting music, art and literature throughout her career as a pianist. Her 2009 production, The Blue Rider in Performance, which premiered to sold out houses at Columbia University’s Miller Theater in partnership with the Guggenheim Museum’s Kandinsky retrospective, was described by The Wall Street Journal as “altogether stunning.” She has created and performed musical programs on such artists as Pablo Picasso, Eugene Delacroix, Gustav Klimt, Paul Klee, Mark Rothko, Cy Twombly, Kurt Schwitters, Max Ernst, Kazimir Malevich; and her lectures and commentary have been presented by MoMA, The Guggenheim Museum, The Jewish Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, in addition to her close collaborations with The Menil Collection and Rothko Chapel. Her essays on art appear in Cy Twombly: Treatise on the Veil (The Menil Collection: Yale University Press); Rackstraw Downes: Onsite Painting (Parrish Art Museum) and various literary journals. As a pianist, she has appeared as soloist at Great Performers at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Barbican Centre, The Concertgebouw, and across the U.S.
“a prolific and creative thinker” — The Wall Street Journal