As many a musician or barback can tell you, a live-music nightclubsadly, today they call them venuesis 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 Moranthe visionary musician, composer, impresario, and visual artistset 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-spacefor example, Bruce Nauman’s sport-stadium-bleacher sculptures that miss both the fans
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