Duke Special - Steiglitz, Steichen, Strand - projection and lighting design by 59 Productions

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Creative Team

Lead artist & musician Duke Special / Peter Wilson

Photos by

Alfred Steiglitz

Edward Steichen

Paul Strand

Projection design: Leo Warner

Lighting design: Jonathon Lyle

Animation: Marco Sandeman

Duke Special at the Met Museum

Metropolitan Museum of Art

About this Project

Step into a bygone era of steam trains, tycoons, and grandes dames. Irish musical sensation Duke Special collaborates with Spectrum at The Metropolitan Museum of Art to write all new songs inspired by photographs from the exhibition Stieglitz, Steichen, Strand. The photos that inspired the songs will be dynamically projected across a multiscreen installation around and amongst the musicians.

Duke Special will be accompanied by members of the Orchestre de Chambre Miniature—a string quartet founded by violinist Olivier Manchon of the popular indie band Clare and the Reasons.

Duke Special has had a dynamic and ambitious career since he went solo in 2002. He has released six albums since 2005, among them Songs from the Deep Forest (2006), which achieved platinum status in Ireland. He continues to perform sold-out shows across Ireland, the UK, and Europe, has opened for artists such as Van Morrison and Snow Patrol, and has an impressive CV of creative projects. In 2008, Duke performed with the sixty-piece RTÉ Symphony Orchestra in Dublin's National Concert Hall, and in 2009, he wrote the music for and starred in a production of Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children at the Royal National Theater in London.

Thumbnail image: Alfred Stieglitz (American, 1864–1946), Georgia O'Keeffe—Neck, 1921, The Metropolitan Museum of Art,Gift of Georgia O'Keeffe, through the generosity of The Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation and Jennifer and Joseph Duke, 1997 (1997.61.19)