The Cooper Union
School of Architecture

The opening of The Ballad was accompanied by an original score by Michael Nyman, which developed the viewer’s engagement in the work and meditation of its themes. The Ballad of Kastriot Rexhepi and Mary Kelly’s work was discussed in a symposium that was held in conjunction with the exhibition.

Mary Kelly’s work has been exhibited widely, including solo shows at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; the Institute of Contemporary Art, London; the Helsinki City Art Museum; The Generali Foundation, Vienna; and the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Los Angeles. Her work has featured in group exhibitions in the 4th Biennale of Sydney, the 1991 Biennial and American Century: Part II shows at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the inaugural exhibition at the Tate Modern, London.

Michael Nyman is a composer who is best known for his scores for the theatre, including Down by the Greenwood Side and The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat, and for film, most notably on Jane Campion’s The Piano (1992) and on eleven of Peter Greenaway’s films between 1976 and 1991. He composes for a variety of ensembles and has collaborated with several other artists, including the choreographers Lucinda Childs and Stephen Petronio, and the fashion designer, Yohji Yamamoto.