Tomorrow is the big day for Kanye West fans. The music video for All Day/I Feel Like That directed by 12 Years A Slave auteur Steve McQueen is premiering at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and will be showing there for a special 4-day long exhibit. Though Yeezus has worked with some of the most well-known contemporary artists such as Vanessa Beecroft, George Condo, Takashi Murakami, M/M (Paris) and others, some may still be confused regarding why his work belongs in an art museum.
MTV News reached out to LACMA and they explained why it makes sense:
“Kanye West has been a frequent collaborator with visual artists and the production around his videos has been a place to explore art and film for a long time,” Franklin Sirmans, department head and curator of contemporary art at LACMA, said in a statement to MTV News. “He speaks about his music as sonic painting in a way to draw upon visual culture and history in an aural tradition equivocal to the diverse types of music blues, jazz, soul, rock, punk, hip-hop that has informed his own music.
This collaborative video is reflective of a sustained conversation between two artists,” Sirmans added. “Kanye’s lyrics in ’All Day’ are ruminative and self conscious in a way that expresses a conversation with the self as much as it is music to listeners out there in the world. Likewise, Steve McQueen has explored issues around the personal way in which human beings deal with the world.
The emphasis is often on inner psychology as has been deployed in all of his movies where a single character is subject and narrator,” he continued. “Early in his own work, he played that role, as subject and director. There are many nuances and rich comparisons between the work of these two artists and here we are left with a singular meditation on a body in motion, circling dancing and rope a doping with a camera, the visual and the literal lyrics match up precisely.”