NYC-ARTS

S2020 E481 | FULL EPISODE

NYC-ARTS Full Episode: February 20, 2020

A profile of piano duo Christina and Michelle Naughton, winners of a 2019 Avery Fisher Career Grant Award. And a look at the Brooklyn Museum’s Arts of China gallery, which highlights 5,000 years of Chinese artistic accomplishment.

AIRED: February 20, 2020 | 0:28:16
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TRANSCRIPT

>>> COMING UP, THE PROFILE OF

THE PIANO DUO, WINNERS

OF THE 2019 AVERY FISHER AWARD.

>> PIANO PLAYING IS LIKE AN

INTIMATE CONVERSATION.

IT IS VERY INTENSE VERSION OF

CHAMBER MUSIC.

WE'RE SHARING THE INSTRUMENT.

YOU FORGET ABOUT THINKING THIS

IS MY PART AND THIS IS HER PART.

YOU THINK OF IT AS ONE AND IT

BECOME VERY CONVERSATIONAL AS

WELL.

THE JOY AND FUN IN THAT

CONVERSATION IS KIND OF HOPE TO

BRING.

>> AND A LOOK AT THE BROOKLYN

MUSEUM'S ARTS OF CHINA GALLERY

WHICH HIGHLIGHTS 5,000 YEARS OF

CHINESE ARTISTIC ACCOMPLISHMENT.

>> THE ARTS OF CHINA GALLERY IS

SET UP ROUGHLY CHRONOLOGICALLY

WITH THE EARLIEST MATERIAL AT

ONE END AND THE LATER MATERIAL

AT THE OTHER END.

THERE IS A SPRINKLING OF

CONTEMPORARY ART THROUGHOUT THE

GALLERIES.

>>> GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO

NYC ARTS.

WE'RE IN THE WNET STUDIOS AT THE

LINCOLN CENTER.

THE CEREMONY FOR THE AVERY

FISHER CAREER GRANT AWARDS TOOK

PLACE LAST MARCH AND THE

PERFORMANCE SPACE AND THESE

INDIVIDUAL GRANTS OF $25,000

GAVE PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANCE AND

RECOGNITION TALENTED

INSTRUMENTALISTS WHO HAVE GREAT

POTENTIAL FOR SOLO CAREERS.

THERE WERE FOUR RECIPIENTS.

THE JACK QUARTET.

PIANIST HENRY CRAMER.

VIOLINIST ANGELA YOU AND

KRISTINA AND MICHELLE NORTON.

ONE OF MOST ACCLAIMED PIANO DUOS

PERFORMING TO DAY, SIB SIBLINGS

ARE THE FIRST TO RECEIVE A

GRANT.

THEY HAVE ALWAYS STUDIED PIANO

TOGETHER.

THEY BOTH ATTENDED THE JUILLIARD

SCHOOL OF ART WITH A

WIDE-RANGING REPERTOIRE, THEY

PERFORM AT FESTIVALS AROUND THE

WORLD.

>> PIANO PLAYING AN INTIMATE

CONVERSATION.

IT'S ACTUALLY VERY INTENSE

VERSION OF CHAMBER MUSIC I

ALMOST SAY.

THE CHAMBER MUSIC ASPECT IS VERY

INTENSE.

WE'RE SHARING THE INSTRUMENT.

YOU FORGET THINKING ABOUT THIS

IS MY PART AND HER PART AND IT

BECOMES ONE AND BECOMES VERY

CONVERSATIONAL AS WELL.

SO LIKE THE JOY AND THE FUN IN

THAT CONVERSATION IS WHAT WE

KIND OF HOPE TO BRING.

.

>> I ALSO FOUND THERE IS ALSO

MANY REALLY GREAT FOREHAND

PIECES THAT WERE ORIGINALLY

WRITTEN FOR FOUR HANDS THAT WERE

MEANT TO BE PLAYED WITH A

COMPOSER SIB LING.

SO THAT'S A REALLY SPECIAL

FEELING.

WE UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING, LIKE,

WE HAVE -- WE DON'T EVEN MAKE UP

A CODE BUT WE KIND OF HAVE CODE

WORDS WE KNOW EACH OTHER IS

PLAYING SUPER WELL.

WE HAD ALL SAME TEACHERS.

WE CAN SAY A WORD AND WE'LL

KNOW.

TO US, AVERY FISHER REPRESENTS

EXCELLENCE IN CLASSICAL MUSIC.

SO TO RECEIVE THE AVERY FISHER

CAREER GRANT IS A REAL HONOR.

WE HOPE TO EXPLORE MORE ADD

DEVELOP TOURS WITH AMERICAN

COMPOSERS AND CREATE NEW WORKS

AND VERY GRATEFUL THE GRANT

ALLOWS US TO DO THIS.

FOR THIS PARTICULAR PROGRAM, WE

DECIDE TO FEATURE PIECE THAT'S I

THINK REALLY KIND OF SHOWCASE

WHAT IS UNIQUE AND SPECIAL AS A

NUANCE AS FOUR HAND PLAYING.

THIS IS FOR FOUR HANDS.

THREE VERY SHORT MOVEMENT WORK.

THE PRELUDE BEGINS IN THIS VERY

PLAYFUL AND ALMOST TEASING

MANNER.

BUT THEN THE OTHER PIANIST

RESPONDS IN A WAY THAT IS NOT

REALLY WHAT YOU EXPECT.

BOTH SIDES OF THE KEYBOARD WITH

THE REMARKS AND THE CORDS.

AND THEN IT MOVES INTO THIS SONG

LIKE SECTION.

THAT UNRAVELED AND KIND OF MOVES

YOU RIGHT BACK INTO THE

LOCOMOTIVE SECTION.

SO IT'S KIND OF A VERY CONDENSE

ABA FORM.

FOUR HAND, IT REALLY EMBODIES

WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT FOUR

HAND PIANO PLAYING.

THERE IS SO MUCH DIALOGUE.

THERE'S JUST SPONTANEOUS

REACTING TO EACH OTHER AND IT'S

FULL OF LIFE AND SO MUCH FUN.

IT IS SUCH A WITTY MAN.

I THINK THAT KIND OF COMES

ACROSS IN HIS MUSIC.

>> SO THE SECOND MOVEMENT IS

KIND OF PASTEUR LIKE COUNTRYSIDE

FEEL.

KIND OF GIVES US THIS CALM AND

RELAXED AND VERY SOOTHING.

>> THE FINALE IS REALLY FUN.

IT'S VERY LIVELY AND FOLK LIKE

WHICH KIND OF EVOKED OTHER

COMPOSERS.

>>> NANTO IS FAMOUS FOR WRITING

FOR PLAYER PIANO.

SO WE ARE NOT MACHINES, SO IT'S

REALLY LIKE A FUN CHALLENGE TO

TRY TO DO THAT.

>>> HE INCORPORATES A LOT OF

INFLUENCES INTO HIS WORK.

ESPECIALLY THE SECOND MOVEMENT,

THERE IS A LOT OF BLUES AND THAT

WHOLE JAZZY SMOKEY ATMOSPHERE.

AND I WILL JUST SAY THAT A LOT

OF FUN AND FEAR HAS GONE INTO

THIS PERFORMANCE.

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>> NEXT WE TRAVEL TO THE

BROOKLYN MUSEUM TO VISIT THE

ARTS OF CHINA GALLERY.

IT REPRESENTS 5,000 YEARS OF

CHINESE ACCOMPLISHMENTS,

BRONZES, CERAMICS AND PAINTINGS

FROM THE MUSEUM COLLECTION.

THE INSTALLATION CURRENTLY

FEATURES MORE THAN 130 WORKS

MANY OF WHICH HAVE NOT BEEN ON

VIEW IN DECADES.

CONTEMPORARY ART IS ART PART OF

THIS DISPLAY.

THEY ACQUIRED OVER 50 PAINTINGS

AND SCULPTURES OF ARTISTS OF

CHINESE DISSENT.

THE EXPERIMENTAL PAINTINGS VIEW

CHALLENGE AND TRANSFORM CHINA'S

TRADITIONAL ARTISTIC PRACTICES.

THEY RESPOND TO PRESENT DAY

CONCERNS SUCH AS URBANIZATION,

ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION AND

THE RAP PACE OF CHINESE

MODERATION.

>> THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM IS

EXCITED TO WELCOME VISITORS TO

NEWLY REINSTALLED CHINA GALLERY.

IT IS SET UP CHRONOLOGICALLY

WITH THE EARLIEST MATERIAL AT

ONE END AND THE LATER MATERIAL

AT THE OTHER END BUT THERE IS,

IN FACT, A SPRINKLING OF

CONTEMPORARY ART THROUGHOUT THE

GALLERIES.

THIS MAGNIFICENT JAR IS ONE OF

THE GREAT MASTERPIECES OF THE

BROOKLYN MUSEUM.

IT DATES TO THE EARLY SIDE OF

THE 1200s AND IS FROM A PERIOD

WHEN THEY REALLY MASTERED THE

ART OF DECORATING AND COBALT

BLUE.

BUT THEY HAD NOT YET FOUND A

SOURCE OF COBALT IN CHINA SO IT

HAD TO BE IMPORTED FROM THE

MIDDLE EAST.

THE FISH ARE SO WELL PAINTED

THAT WE CAN RECOGNIZE THE FOUR

SPECIES THAT ARE REPRESENTED AND

IF ONE SAYS THEIR NAMES IN

CHINESE IN THE ORDER IN WHICH

THEY APPEAR ON THE JAR, IT

ACTUALLY SOUNDS LIKE YOU'RE

SAYING OUT LOUD THE WORDS HONEST

AND INCORRUPTIBLE.

SO WE BELIEVE THAT THIS JAR WAS

ACTUALLY MADE FOR A CHINESE

CONSUMER, SOMEBODY WHO WOULD

HAVE GOTTEN THE PUN WHICH IS

UNUSUAL BECAUSE MOST BLUE AND

WHITE CERAMIC WERE FOR EXPORT

THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM HAS A

UNUSUALLY LARGE COLLECTION OF

CHINESE OBJECTS.

THE PIECE THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT

NOW IS CALLED A CHAMPION VASE.

>>> IT'S A SHAPE USED AS A

TROPHY CUP OR REWARD THAT WAS

GIVEN TO HEROES IN BATTLE.

TO CELEBRATE CONTRIBUTIONS TO

THE MILITARY.

AND THIS WAS TO HOLD ARROWS.

OURS IS FAR MORE DECORATIVE THAN

THE KINDS OF THINGS USED TO HOLD

ARROWS.

IT HAS A WONDERFUL FALCON WHICH

IS A VERY BOLD, STRONG BIRD ON

THE FRONT.

A STANDING ON ONE FOOT AND THEN

THE WHOLE BODY OF THE VASE IS

COVERED IN DECORATIVE PATTERN IN

BEAUTIFUL BLUE AND VIOLET AND

PINK AND WHITE.

THIS IS ONE OF THE OLDEST

OBJECTS.

IT'S ONE OF THE GREAT

MASTERPIECES OF THE COLLECTION.

IT IS A WINE POURING VESSEL THAT

WOULD HAVE BEEN USED IN RITUAL

AND IT DATES TO 1100 BC.

IT IS QUITE OLD AND BEAUTIFULLY

MADE.

IT IS JUST COVERED WITH

PATTERNING AND ANIMALS AND IT IS

SHAPED LIKE A DRAGON WITH THIS

SORT OF SNAG WILL TOOTH GRIN.

WHEN YOU POUR IT, THE WINE WOULD

COME OUT FROM BETWEEN THE TEETH

OF THE ANIMAL.

THIS IS A FABULOUS FINISH.

INSTALLED NEAR OUR WONDERFUL

WINE VESSEL IS THIS WONDERFUL

PIECE BY THE NEW YORK BASED

ARTIST TU.

IT IS, AS YOU WITH SEE, A BRONZE

VERSION OF A McDONALD'S BURGER

BOX FRY CONTAIN EASTERN FORK.

IT IS VERY MUCH THE ARTIST'S

TAKE ON AMERICAN CULTURE.

THE RITUAL BRONZES ON WHICH THE

DECORATION IS BASED WERE USED IN

WORSHIPPING THE ANCESTORS.

THEY WERE OF GREAT IMPORTANCE

AND SERIOUSNESS.

HERE HE RECREATES SOMETHING THAT

IS A THROW AWAY OBJECT,

SOMETHING YOU EAT ON THE RUN.

SOMETHING THAT HAS NO REAL

RITUAL SIGNIFICANCE WHATSOEVER

TO REMIND US OF HOW SHALLOW THE

EXPERIENCE OF EATING FAST FOOD

CAN BE WITH COMPARISON WITH

THESE MUCH MORE RITUALIZED MEALS

THAT TOOK PLACE IN ANCIENT

CHINA.

IN AND AROUND THE ARTS OF CHINA

GALLERY ARE QUITE A NUMBER OF

CONTEMPORARY WORKS THAT REFER TO

THE ANCIENT CHINESE PRACTICE OF

PAINTING.

THE PIECE WE'RE LOOKING AT NOW

IS ACTUALLY A VERY OVERT

REFERENCE TO A CHINESE LANDSCAPE

HAND SCROLL.

THIS IS A PAINTING THAT PEOPLE

WOULD LOOK AT BY UNROLLING

GRADUALLY AND ALLOW YOU TO

TRAVEL THROUGH A LANDSCAPE

VISUALLY.

THIS IS A TIME HONORED FORMAT

FOR CHINESE PAINTING BUT HERE

IT'S DONE NOT IN PAINT BUT IN

PHOTO MONTAGE.

YOU CAN SEE THE MOUNTAINS AND

TREES ARE ACTUALLY COMPOSED OF

SKYSCRAPERS AND ELECTRICAL

TOWERS.

AND THAT SOME OF THE ROCKS ARE

DERELICT FARRIS WHEELS.

THE WHOLE PIECE IS VERY MUCH THE

YUCK ARTIST, YOUNG LEON'S TAKE

ON THE CHINESE TREATMENT OF THE

LANDSCAPE TODAY.

THERE ARE SO MANY PIECE THAT'S

WE HAVE NOT SHOWN HERE TODAY.

AND I INVITE VISITORS TO COME

AND DISCOVER THEM FOR

THEMSELVES.

>> NYC ARTS COMES YOU TO EACH

WEEK FROM OUR STUDIOS AT LINCOLN

CENTER.

HERE'S WHAT'S COMING UP ON THE

NEIGHBORHOOD CALENDAR.

PROGRAM WILL BE PERFORMED BY

PIANIST MICHAEL BROWN ALONG WITH

SUCH INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED

WIND PLAYERS AS O'CONNOR,

STEPHEN TAYLOR, SEBASTIAN,

PETER, AND THEY THE ALSO OFFER A

MASTER CLASS ON FEBRUARY 26th.

FOR COMPLETE DETAILS, VISIT OUR

WEBSITE.

NEXT WEEK ON NYC ARTS, THE

CONVERSATION WITH THE

DISTINGUISHED ARCHITECT, MASTER

PLANNER AND EDUCATOR.

>> EVERY ARCHITECT HAVE A DUEL

OBLIGATION.

ONE IS TO FULFILL THE PURPOSE OF

THAT BUILDING.

THE OTHER ONE IS TO SEE TO IT

THAT THAT CONTRIBUTES TO THE

GREATER WHOLE SO IF YOU'RE

BUILDING ALONG THE STREET, THE

STREET IS MORE WONDERFUL.

IF YOU'RE DOING A GRUCH

BUILDINGS, THAT THE RESIDUAL

SPACES, THE PUBLIC REALM ARE

EFFECTIVE AND WORKABLE.

>> AND WE TAG ALONG WITH LEWIS

MILLER AS HE SHARES I HAD FLOWER

ART WITH THE PUBLIC.

>> THEY ARE FOR THE PEOPLE.

I WANT PEOPLE TO TAKE THEM AND

INTERACT WITH THEM.

OBVIOUSLY, TAKE A PICTURE BUT

TAKE A BLOSSOM.

TAKE SOME HOME.

THE MORE WE CAN HAVE THE SOFT

MOMENTS OF BEAUTY AND JOY FOR NO

OTHER REASON EVEN IF IT'S FOR AN

HOUR OR TEN MINUTES, THE JOB IS

DONE.

>> THANK YOU FOR JOINING US WITH

THE WNET STUDIOS AT LINCOLN

CENTER.

GOOD NIGHT AND SEE YOU NEXT

TIME.

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WEBSITE.

>> GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO

NYC ARTS.

>> WHAT A PRIVILEGE TO TALK WITH

YOU.

>> WE'RE AT A MOMENT TO TAKE

NOTHING FOR GRANTED.

>> IT'S A PLEASURE TO BE WITH

THE CURATOR.

WE ARE IN THE MIDST OF SOME OF

THE GREATEST SCULPTURES.

>> CULTURAL AND MODERN DANCE ARE

SO DIFFERENT AND I HAVE SO MUCH

MORE TO LEARN BEFORE I CAN

REALLY ARTICULATE THE

DIFFERENCES.

>> I SAID THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO

DO WITH MY LIFE.

>> MY PICTURES RESIDE IN VERY

PRIVATE MOMENTS.

>> MY PRIMARY WAIVE PLAYING THE

PIANO IS BY IMPROVISING.

>> YOU'RE ON SACRED GROUND.

A WOMAN CAME TO SEE YOU PERFORM

AND SAID HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO

PLAY BILLIE HOLIDAY.

>> ONE OF THE ESSENTIAL THINGS

WE LEARNED IS THAT THEY USED

PINS TO COMPOSE HIS WORK.

YOU ARE ALWAYS SURPRISED WHEN

YOU'RE DOING A PIECE 100 YEARS

HAG AND CAN YOU SAY THIS IS NOW.

>> IT REPRESENTS SOMETHING AND

YOU GET APPLAUSE.

GREAT, YOU KNOW?

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