November 19, 2012


Thurston Moore to Headline Kurt Cobain Exhibit in Miami

Michel Linssen
Michel Linssen

Exciting news for Nirvana and Sonic Youth fans in Miami: Thurston Moore will pay tribute to Kurt Cobain at a multi-discipline art exhibition called "KURT" on December 6 as part of Miami's Art Basel Miami Beach week.  Moore will close the event with a solo performance dedicated to his late friend.

Before Moore's performance, there will be 12-minute short film by James Franco-collaborator Adarsha Benjamin, which is being touted as "an abstract portrayal of the personality and many masks of the myth that surrounded the late Kurt Cobain." There will also be a 15-minute dance "reinterpretation" of Nirvana's landmark video, "Smells Like Teen Spirit," led by Los Angeles choreographer Ryan Heffington and set to the music of Entrance's Guy Blakeslee.

Moore and Cobain were close friends before Cobain's 1994 suicide. Sonic Youth were early champions of Nirvana, bringing them along on their 1991 European tour and helping them sign with major label DGC that same year (a signing which led to the release of the band's seminal album, Nevermind).