20HERTZ Lecture Series: Bill Arning presents "Sad Bastard Music, C'est Moi"


Bill Arning has often been quoted saying, "Art without music makes no sense." With few exceptions, visual artists are as tuned into their sonic environment as they are to their visual field. As a young man in New York hitting puberty in the '70s, Arning found in both Glam rock and early punk a place where the thoughts and feelings he believed he was alone in experiencing were in fact shared by others.

To this day Arning most often prefers music that was notoriously referred to in the film High Fidelity as "sad bastard music." Making connections with audio and video clips from Bowie, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, The Buzzcocks, Pulp, Belle and Sebastian, Xiu Xiu and Perfume Genius, Arning will look at how that outside position becomes, over time, one of great strength and the only club to which he ever really wants to belong.



Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
5216 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006


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