It was noted that the gallery was silent. “These are so beautiful, you don’t need music,” said Kravis, co-chairman and chief executive of KKR Management LLC. Marie-Josee Kravis is president of MoMA.
The preview reception for the exhibition “Picasso: Guitars 1912-1914,” which opens Feb. 13, brought out few guitar players.
“I never played any instrument,” said art dealer Daniella Luxembourg.
MoMA’s chief curator emeritus, John Elderfield, said he studied piano as a child. “Growing up in northern England, it was so cold I had to practice with gloves on,” he said.
“I like listening,” said the director of the museum, Glenn Lowry. Some of his favorites: “Everything from Pink Floyd and the Stones to Radiohead and Fleet Foxes.”
At the bar set up in the second-floor atrium, R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, beer in hand, noted that he is the band’s singer and songwriter and has never played an instrument.
In a couple of hours of mingling, a few guitar players were identified: Nick Winokur, the 12-year-old son of the show’s curator, Anne Umland; Brett Littman, the executive director of the Drawing Center, who said he can play the first few chords of “Lola”; Michael L. McCarty, the proprietor of Michael’s restaurant, who plays a dobro; and a onetime assistant to Jean- Michel Basquiat, artist Rick Prol, who plays classical guitar and rock ‘n roll.
(Amanda Gordon is a writer and photographer for Muse, the art and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are her own.)
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