At MoMA, for the ninth installment of the Performance Exhibition Series, the artists Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla present Stop, Repair, Prepare: Variations on Ode to Joy for a Prepared Piano (2008).
For this piece, the artists carved a hole in the center of a grand piano, through which a pianist plays the famous Fourth Movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, usually referred to as “Ode to Joy.” The performer leans over the keyboard and plays upside down and backwards, while moving with the piano across the vast atrium.
Norwegian Epic arrived in the city on Thursday after a maiden trans-Atlantic voyage from Southampton, England. At 200 feet tall, the ship cleared the Verrazano Bridge at the entrance to the New York harbor by just 24 inches. After today’s christening ceremony, Norwegian Epic will set sail on a two-night voyage before returning to New York on the morning of July 4th to host the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks show; it then heads for Miami, where it will begin its first season of seven-night Caribbean cruises.