During the next few weekends, the public is invited to don one of 200 choir robes to participate in the creation of “reckless noise-making” for CalArts alumnus Chris Kallmyer's (MFA Music 09) participatory performance art piece, Performance All Ages: A Paradise Choir, at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA).
To prepare for the choir project at SFMOMA, Kallmyer conducted two workshops at Machine Project in Los Angeles. During the first class, How to be a Choir, Kallmyer taught group singing for all skill levels. For the second, Shallow Listening, he invited participants to experiment with household objects and to use them for sound making and receiving.
For Performance All Ages: A Paradise Choir, Kallmyer again presents a workshop series, consisting of four artistic programs:
- A Choir that Sings (July 2-3)
- A Choir of Bells (July 9-10)
- A Choir that Listens (July 16-17)
- A Choir of Crickets (July 23).
The sessions all lead to the final, full orchestration, A Paradise Choir, which will be performed during the museum’s Free Family Day on July 24.
Kallmyer, a performance artist who has presented work at many art spaces, including the Hammer Museum, the Getty Center and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, says in his artist statement that his work explores the "processes, customs and environments through which humans have altered landscape and place.” In an email, Kallmyer explains further how A Paradise Choir fits into his art practice. "I am interested in how a work like the Paradise Choir can operate as a porous structure. The piece is open to the resources that are available on site and could change wherever it goes."
Participation in A Paradise Choir is free with museum admission. Availability is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Performance All Ages: A Paradise Choir
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
151 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Free with SFMOMA admission.