Besides its oft-maligned grey facade, one of the Whitney Museum of American Art’s more notable characteristics is its curational tendency towards the work of the living. This tendency, it seems, extends to even music.
The Whitney Live series, which has previously hosted acts like Toro y Moi and Bear Hands, returns tonight with Javelin and Warpaint, two stylistically different but equally-living bands. Brooklyn-based duo Javelin, who are perhaps best known for their decorated towers of boomboxes (affectionately called “boombaatas”) create sample-happy and chill-infused R&B. Their current tour partners, the LA-borne quartet Warpaint, are arguably more at home in a museum, as their dreamy, vaguely hypnotic art-rock sounds like just the thing to view an Charles Burchfield painting. Or so I’ve heard.
Show starts at 6 PM, free with the Whitney’s pay-what-you-wish admission.
Whitney Live presents Javelin and Warpaint
Friday August 12th @ 6 PM
Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street