FRYE Art Museum Exhibition
March 19-June 19, 2011 - Seattle, WA
Degenerate Art Ensemble has been known for ambitious collaborative projects with the most inventive interdisciplinary minds anywhere. This year's collaboration with the Frye Art Museum represent a foray in to an entirely new territory.
The first art exhibition and museum project showcasing Degenerate Art Ensemble was the culmination of a year-long dialogue between Frye Art Museum curator Robin Held and the artists of Degenerate Art Ensemble. The survey of the group's work filled the entire museum, featuring 14 artists and five large scale works inspired by the ambitious all-sensory productions the group is known for creating: a Weeble Wobble princess that battles ninjas, a surgery ice cream truck, a tuning nest in a listening forest, and the Slug Princess that devours cabbages in a microscopic world.
For many, Degenerate Art Ensemble is a performance group that has been elusive, performing one-night huge extravaganzas packed into a two-balcony theater or sometimes an undisclosed location. This was an opportunity to see Degenerate Art Ensemble as no one, newcomer or long time follower, has ever seen them before. The first showing of this exhibition ran for three months at the Frye Museum.