Bang on a Can Marathon rocks Brooklyn

Monday, May 8, 2017

The class clowns who merrily threw spitballs at New York’s artistic landscape three decades ago are now, in more ways than one, seniors. That’s true at the Whitney Museum of American Art, where the exhibition “Fast Forward: Painting From the 1980s” makes a persuasive case for the maturity of a generation of supposed bad boys (and girls).

And it was true on Saturday in Brooklyn, where you could spend a few hours at the 30th-anniversary installment of the music collective Bang on a Can’s annual marathon concert, at the Brooklyn Museum, and then travel a mile or so up the road to Roulette, where the anarchic composer and performer John Zorn was holding court with works that were new during the Carter and Reagan years. At both events, onetime rebels had become institutions.

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