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The Broad is hosting a late-night music and film series this summer

Michael Juliano
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Michael Juliano

The Broad has revamped its ticketing system and announced its first special exhibition, and the free museum's next foray into paid programming is another first for the Grand Avenue institution: a summer performance series.

The Broad will host both a monthly (mostly musical) performance series as well as biweekly film screenings this summer. In the style of contemporary art "happenings," the late-night "Nonobject(ive): Summer Happenings at the Broad" will find musicians, dancers and poets collaborating in the Broad's outdoor plaza as well as in spaces throughout the museum, while "Doll Parts" will screen shorts and feature-length films in the second-floor Oculus Hall. Best of all? Tickets to each series also include access to the special exhibition Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life.

"Nonobject(ive)" tasks its participants with finding inspiration in the museum's Pop Art and post-'80s collection and channeling that into dance, music and spoken word performances. For example, the image-obsessed, Cindy Sherman-inspired first event includes music from Perfume Genius, masked choreography from Narcissister and a pop-up beauty parlor from performance collection Mutant Salon. The series will occupy a single Saturday each month from June through September; other performers include punk icon Richard Hell, ex-Vampire Weekend member Rostam Batmanglij and avant-garde composer William Basinski.

"Doll Parts," meanwhile, pairs short films, artists’ tapes and music videos with full-length features to explore the darker side of Cindy Sherman's photographic practice. The series starts with Sherman's own horror-comedy feature Office Killer and includes everything from a short by contemporary artist Paul McCarthy to Hollywood melodrama master Douglas Sirk's Imitation of Life.

Tickets for each event will go on sale the 15th of each month at noon for the following month—so June's performances will go on sale May 15. "Nonobject(ive)" tickets cost $35 and include full museum access while "Doll Parts" screenings cost $12 and allow same-night entry to the Cindy Sherman exhibition. Here's the full schedule below:

Nonobject(ive): Summer Happenings at the Broad

Magnificent Obsession
Sat, June 25, 8:30pm

Music by Perfume Genius with choreography by Narcissister
Pop-up salon by Mutant Salon
DJ sets by Lotic and Cindytalk

Strange Forest, Downtown Manhattan and the Broad collection
Sat, July 30, 8:30pm

Live reading by Richard Hell with music by Haxan Cloak
Music by Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Mas Ysa
Dance by Ryan Heffington and Brontez Purnell

Bling Bling, Pop Sensibilities in the Broad collection
Sat, Aug 20, 8:30pm

Music by Rostam, William Basinski, Jlin and Macy Rodman
Yoga session by Tabita Rezaire

Shifting Horizon Exploding Star, Underground and Rave Cultures at the Broad
Sat, Sep 24, 8:30pm

DJ sets by Sophie, Lauren Bousfield and Elysia Crampton
Music by Vessel and Julianna Barwick with video by Charles Atlas

Film Series: Doll Parts

Cindy Sherman, Doll Clothes
Samuel Bayer, Doll Parts
Cindy Sherman, Office Killer
Thu, June 23, 7pm

Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid, Meshes of the Afternoon
Georges Franju, Les yeux sans visage (Eyes Without a Face)
Thu, July 7, 7pm

Jack Smith, Yellow Sequence
Pier Paolo Pasolini, Arabian Nights
Thu, July 21, 7pm

Paul McCarthy, Cultural Soup
David Schmoeller, Tourist Trap
Thu, Aug 4, 7pm

Luther Price, Clown
Nobuhiko Obayashi, Hausu (House)
Thu, Aug 18, 7pm

Matthias Müller, Home Stories
Ida Lupino, The Bigamist
Thu, Sep 1, 7pm

Lynn Hershman Leeson, The Electronic Diary: Binge
Narcissister, Mannequin
Narcissister, Self-Gratifier
Narcissister + Josef Kraska, Every Woman
Narcissister, Upside Down (on “America’s Got Talent”)
Narcissister + Josef Kraska, The Basket
Narcissister + A.L. Steiner, Winter/Spring Collection
Thu, Sep 15, 7pm

Ming Wong, Life of Imitation
Douglas Sirk, Imitation of Life
Thu, Sep 29, 7pm

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