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View of “Jason Moran,” 2016. From left: STAGED: Savoy Ballroom 1, 2015; The Temple (for Terry Adkins), 2016; Basin Street Run 1, 2016; Basin Street Run 2, 2016; STAGED: Three Deuces, 2015. Photo: Farzad Owrang.

Jason Moran

Luhring Augustine | Bushwick

View of “Jason Moran,” 2016. From left: STAGED: Savoy Ballroom 1, 2015; The Temple (for Terry Adkins), 2016; Basin Street Run 1, 2016; Basin Street Run 2, 2016; STAGED: Three Deuces, 2015. Photo: Farzad Owrang.

As many a musician or barback can tell you, a live-music nightclub—sadly, today they call them venues—is a strange place during off-hours, whether that is 3 PM or 3 AM. Unlike a theater or cinema, which might play to an audience of one, a nightclub requires people; early in the day and very late at night, the nightclub uniquely evokes simultaneous feelings of loss and potential. In “STAGED,” Jason Moran—the visionary musician, composer, impresario, and visual artist—set two architecturally scaled sculptures kitty-corner to each other, each a reimagined version of the main stage from one of two historic New York nightclubs central to the history and development of jazz. But instead of the existential emptiness suggested by many previous similarly scaled sculptures-as-space—for example, Bruce Nauman’s sport-stadium-bleacher sculptures that miss both the fans

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