Devendra Banhart in the Cy Twombly gallery at The Broad museum
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Up Close: Cy Twombly


Singer-songwriter, poet, and visual artist Devendra Banhart makes a special guest appearance in Up Close, a series that takes a deeper look at works in the Broad collection. Watch and listen to Banhart discuss Broad collection artist Cy Twombly, whom Banhart cites as an influence on his own career and creative process.

Devendra Banhart’s distinctive, minutely inked, and often enigmatic drawings have appeared in venues including the Art Basel Contemporary Art Fair in Miami; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA); the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels; and Los Angeles’s the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). Banhart has embraced an astonishingly wide range of musical ideas, from folk to blues to ambient to the avant garde. His latest full-length album, Ma, and his first book of published poetry, Weeping Gang Bliss Void Yab-Yum, were released in 2019. Banhart previously performed in Summer Happenings at The Broad: Strange Forest in 2017.

Presented by Leading Partner East West Bank

About Up Close

Barbara Kruger’s Untitled (Your body is a battleground), 1989, is a stark emblem for feminist art practice—if the body is our battleground, it is through language that we fight. Inspired by Kruger's work and by similarly discursive artworks in the Broad collection, The Tip of Her Tongue program series features feminist artists in performance who work with language and embodiment. The artists in this series have intense stories to tell and experiment aggressively with the telling. The artists work with words to explore how the body's relationship to language is mediated by histories large and small. The body may both anchor and disrupt the story. It is a source of desire, grief, shame and laughter. These intimate performances explore the politics of representation—with how gender is produced in, through and as language; and how the stories we tell circulate around, move through, against and with the body.

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