Jan 30, 1997

As part of its ongoing program devoted to critical debate, Discussions in Contemporary Culture, Dia Center for the Arts presents a conference entitled "Stars Don't Stand Still in the Sky: Music and Myth," organized by Karen Kelly and Evelyn McDonnell. The conference will take place during the weekend of February 14, 15 and 16, 1997, at Dia's main facility at 548 West 22nd Street, New York City, and is open to the public. Admission to the conference is $25 for all events or $10 a day. Tickets will be sold beginning February 14 at Dia's bookstore at 548 West 22nd Street and Printed Matter at 77 Wooster Street. There are no advance tickets sales. For more information, the public may call 212.989.5566 x175.

"Stars Don't Stand Still in the Sky" will bring together a distinguished and diverse group of scholars, journalists, musicologists, and historians to speak on a broad range of issues relating to popular music.

Discussions have begun in an open forum on Dia's web site at http://www.diacenter.org/prg/music/index.html. The topics, which correspond to the panels at the conference, are Commerce, The Crowd, Performance and Image, History and Memory, and Romance. Please visit the site and take part in the discussion.


Friday, February 14, 1997
7 pm: Keynote by Greil Marcus and Dael Orlandersmith

Saturday, February 15, 1997
James Bernard
Anthony DeCurtis
Danny Goldberg
Jon Langford
Deena Weinstein

2:30 pm: THE CROWD
Chuck Eddy
Angela McRobbie
Paul D. Miller (DJ Spooky)
Jon Savage
Ellen Willis

Katherine Dieckmann
Lawrence Grossberg
James Hannaham
Kathleen Hanna
Evelyn McDonnell

Sunday, February 16, 1997
Paul Gilroy
Jessica Hagedorn
Barbara O'Dair
Robert Santelli
Danyel Smith

3:30 pm: ROMANCE
Dave Hickey
Ann Powers
Toshi Reagon
Simon Reynolds
Arlene Stein

Funding for this exhibition has been provided in part by AT&T and Wenner Media Inc.

For information about "Stars Don't Stand Still in the Sky," please contact Karen Kelly at tel: (212) 989-5566 x110, fax: (212) 989-4055, email: karen@diacenter.org

Dia Center for the Arts is a tax-exempt charitable organization. Established in 1974, the organization has become one of the largest in the United States dedicated to contemporary art and contemporary culture. In fulfilling this commitment, Dia sustains diverse programming in contemporary art, poetry, arts education, and critical discourse and debate via lectures and symposia.

In addition, it maintains on a long-term basis works of art not easily accommodated by conventional museums. Dia serves as a conduit for realizing these projects, as intimated by the Greek word from which it takes its name. Dia's long-term projects include Joseph Beuys's 7000 Oaks; Walter De Maria's The Broken Kilometer, The Lightning Field, and The New York Earth Room; La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela's Dream House and The Dan Flavin Art Institute; Cy Twombly Gallery; and The Andy Warhol Museum.

Dia Center for the Arts is a tax-exempt charitable organization. Contributions are deductible to the extent permitted by law. Current programs are supported in part by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, Washington, D.C.; the New York State Council on the Arts; and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany through the German Consulate General New York; Axe-Houghton Foundation; The Bohen Foundation; The Brown Foundation; The Cowles Charitable Trust; The Getty Grant Program; The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts; Lannan Foundation; Robert Lehman Foundation, Inc.; The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Arthur Ross Foundation, Inc.; The Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation; Lila Acheson Wallace Theatre Fund at Community Funds, Inc.; AT&T; Calvin Klein, Inc.; The Chase Manhattan Bank; Hachette Filippacchi Magazines; Philip Morris Companies Inc.; Tag Heuer; Wenner Media Inc.; and the individual members of the Dia Art Council.

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Press Department, Dia Art Foundation, press@diaart.org or 212 293 5518

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