How many times have you been at a concert when something didn't go quite as planned? Maybe a drunk friend leaned on the switch to the power supply, or an errant mosher careened onstage and knocked over the drum kit, or someone loudly heckled the band. What happened next? Art historian Julian Myers is curious about these unscripted moments of musician-audience interaction, and he has amassed an extensive collection of concert recordings that document what he calls "riot shows," where things devolve to the point the event has to be shut down. Myers and curator Joanna Szupinska lead a discussion of such occurrences in Riot Show. It's part of Open Space Thursdays, so named for the SFMOMA blog. Visitors join a small group of curators, theorists, and media historians as Myers presents excerpts from his archive, including concerts by Public Image Ltd., Suicide, and Guns N' Roses. Expect a diverse array of opinions on topics, including the aesthetics of bootlegs, the psychology of crowd dynamics, and the visceral power of live music.
Thu., Dec. 2, 7 p.m., 2010