We asked Melbourne indie band, Tinpan Orange, a couple of questions after their performance at the Picasso to Warhol Factory Party. Here’s what Jesse Lubitz (Guitar and Vocal) had to say…
Have you ever been to New York and MoMA?
I spent three weeks in New York in September 2000. I had originally planned on spending a week (maybe ten days) in New York, but when I got there, it seemed impossible to leave. It was autumn and the days were warm and the nights were balmy. It felt like living in a movie – everything in New York seems so big, but it has a way of making everyone feel included. I did visit MoMA – took my breath away. It was so full of things I’d read and heard about – just walking into the MoMA building felt like an experience.
What did you think of the exhibition and the Opening Night Party?
The Picasso to Warhol exhibition was breathtaking. We had a chance to walk around it just as doors opened on the opening night – there was no-one except a few security guards in the room. It felt a little bit like we were characters from The Wizard of Oz peeking behind the curtain – so many iconic works in one room. AMAZING!
What was your favourite work in Picasso to Warhol?
Too hard! They are all so different and they each evoke something new.
If you could have a drink with one of the 14 artists who would you chose and what would you say to them?
Although I would love to have a drink with Andy Warhol, I couldn’t go past a drink with Picasso. He lived through such an incredible time in history – two world wars as well as social and cultural revolutions. I think I would try not to say very much – I’d rather just listen…