Art That Takes Its Time by PenningtonJ

Champion(s):

randalleng


Runner(s)-Up:

DixonD
Satan, oscillate my metallic sonatas.


Quiz Description

Marina Abramovic is now famous to LLamas as the performance artist who sat still for 736 consecutive hours as part of the work, The Artist Is Present, but she is not the only artist to make works that are noteworthy for their length, a fact which has inspired me to write this quiz about artists and artworks that take a mighty long time.

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Questions:

What filmmaker, originally known as a commercial and visual artist, made a series of lengthy "anti-films" in the mid-1960s, including Sleep (a 5-hour static shot of the poet John Giorno sleeping) and Empire (an 8-hour static shot of the Empire State Building)?

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Andy Warhol

What French composer and mentor to Les Six wrote the work "Vexations," which includes instructions to repeat a short piano theme 840 times in succession, thereby making it the longest piano piece ever performed?

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Erik Satie

What 1985 documentary, directed by Claude Lanzmann and lasting over 9 hours, includes location shots of concentration camps and hidden camera interviews with Nazi collaborators but absolutely no archival footage from World War II?

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Shoah

What Catalonian architect took control over the construction of the Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family (seen below) in 1883, but which is not expected to be completed until the 100th anniversary of his death in 2026?

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Antonio Gaudi

The longest opera in the standard classical repertory is a 6-hour work whose title refers to the Meistersingers of what European city?

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Nürnberg OR Nuremburg

"The opera ain't over until the fat lady sings" is an allusion to the final aria of Brünnhilde burning herself to death on a funeral pyre at the end of what fourth and final installment in Richard Wagner's operatic Ring Cycle?

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Götterdämmerung (or Twilight of the Gods)

What outsider artist and subject of the documentary In the Realms of the Unreal spent over 40 years writing and illustrating an over 15,000-page novel titled The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion (seen below)?

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Henry Darger

What 1924 silent film, based on the Frank Norris novel McTeague, was originally over 8 hours long until producer Irving Thalberg seized the print and edited it down to 2 1/2 hours against the wishes of its director, Erich von Stroheim?

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Greed

This monument (seen below), first begun by sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski in 1948 and which is still decades away from completion, is named after what historical figure?

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Crazy Horse

What video installation, by the artist Christian Marclay (excerpted below), consists of a DVD of found footage synched by a computer, which requires exactly 24 hours to be viewed in it entirety?

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The Clock

In the Monty Python "Summarize Proust" sketch, none of the contestants were able to get past what first novel in Marcel Proust's seven-volume series, Remembrance of Things Past?

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Swann's Way

According to the Guinness World Book of Records, the longest performance of a play ever staged was a 23-hour performance of what absurdist play, the first work by playwright Eugene Ionesco?

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the Bald Soprano