Meredith Monk and members of her acclaimed Vocal Ensemble are set to perform work-in-progress showings of her upcoming music theater piece, Cellular Songs, at artist Jim HodgesQueenslab, June 8–10. See below for event details.

The first evening will also serve as a benefit to support The House Foundation’s continued dedication to Monk’s work, co-hosted by Hodges and Isaac Mizrahi and featuring music by DJ Rekha. In celebration, Hodges has created a limited edition print in support of Cellular Songs. See HERE for details.

Cellular Songs is the newest in a series of music theater pieces created by Monk that explore humanity’s interdependent relationship with nature while seeking to evoke the ineffable. Following the celebrated On Behalf of Nature, which offered a liminal space questioning the precarious state of our global ecology, Cellular Songs turns attention inward to the very fabric of life itself. The work, at once playful and contemplative, draws inspiration from such cellular activity as layering, replication, division and mutation, and looks to underlying systems in nature that can serve as a prototype for human behavior in our tumultuous world.


Performed by Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble:
Meredith Monk, Ellen Fisher, Katie Geissinger, Allison Sniffin, Jo Stewart
June 8–10 at 8 p.m.
1618 Decatur Street, Ridgewood
Gala tickets (June 8): starting at $300, available HERE
Standard event tickets (June 9 & 10): $22 General Admission / $15 Students, available HERE


Meredith Monk is a composer, singer, director/choreographer and creator of new opera, music-theater works, films and installations. Recognized as one of the most unique and influential artists of our time, she is a pioneer in what is now called “extended vocal technique” and “interdisciplinary performance.” Celebrated internationally, Monk’s work has been presented by BAM, Lincoln Center Festival, Houston Grand Opera, London’s Barbican Centre and at major venues around the world. She has made more than a dozen recordings, most of which are on the ECM New Series label, including the 2008 Grammy-nominated impermanence and the highly acclaimed Songs of Ascension (2011), Piano Songs (2014) and On Behalf of Nature (2016).

In 2015 Monk received the National Medal of Arts from President Obama, and over the course of six decades has received numerous other honors including the prestigious MacArthur “Genius” Award, two Guggenheim Fellowships, three “Obies” (including an award for Sustained Achievement), two “Bessie” awards for Sustained Creative Achievement, a Doris Duke Artist Award and a Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award for the Arts. She has also been named an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by the Republic of France, one of NPR’s 50 Great Voices and Musical America’s 2012 Composer of the Year. In conjunction with her 50th Season of creating and performing, she was appointed the 2014–15 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall.

Jim Hodges was born in 1957 in Spokane, Washington, and lives and works in New York. His work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions at institutions including: the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Camden Art Centre, London; the Aspen Art Museum; CGAC, Santiago de Compostela, Spain; Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. A major traveling retrospective of Hodges’s work was exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Dallas Museum of Art; and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Recently, the Austin Contemporary unveiled With Liberty and Justice for All (A Work in Progress), a major text-based sculpture by the artist, consisting of seven-foot-tall letters that wrap around two sides of the building's rooftop. Hodges has received multiple awards and grants including the Association International des Critiques d’art, the Albert Ucross Prize, Washington State Arts Commission, and the Penny McCall Foundation Grant.

For more information, please contact Chris Schimpf, Krista Williams or Carla Sacks at Sacks & Co., 212.741.1000.