It Came from Brooklyn, the new concert series showcasing Brooklyn’s emerging and established talents in the fields of music and literature was conceived by coproducers Sam Brumbaugh and Bronwyn Keenan as part of the museum’s 50th Anniversary celebrations. The title of the series references Robert Gordon’s book It Came from Memphis, which details the birth of rock-n-roll in the 1950s.
“Over the past decade, Brooklyn has emerged as a place of astonishing artistic creativity and interdisciplinary experimentation,” said Brumbaugh, “Our aim is to share the spirit of this scene with the museum’s audience and beyond, while keeping a local feel for New Yorkers.”
Each program takes place in the famed Frank Lloyd Wright–designed rotunda and features live bands, literary readings, and comedy from 8 pm to 12 am. Audiences also have the opportunity to visit select sections of the Vasily Kandinsky retrospective on view this fall. “It Came from Brooklyn is meant to have a cabaret-like atmosphere,” Brumbaugh continued, “We want to offer a good night out, with music, comedy, literature, and art—all in one program.”
“Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Guggenheim to be a social space that engages the public,” said Keenan, who is Associate Director of Special Events at the museum. “The audience can move up and around the spiraling ramp during the acts for a concert experience that is at once monumental and intimate, a powerful contrast intrinsic to the series.”
Tickets are on sale at guggenheim.org/brooklyn. Tickets are $45 for non-members, $40 for members. Advance tickets can be purchased before September 10 for $38 for non-members, $33 for members.
All proceeds support the series and the Guggenheim’s exhibitions and programs.