Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2012-13

(Brooklyn, NY)G Douglas Barrett


The artist will press a vinyl record based on Schoenberg’s 1942 composition Ode to Napoleon for string quartet, piano, and voice. Schoenberg’s piece has an interesting history: in 1951 the composer arguably over-asserted his authority in writing a letter protesting a recording of the work (originally scored for a male reciter) performed with a female voice. Challenging Schoenberg’s position with respect to musical authorship while considering identities beyond the gender binary central to the dispute, a pair of “transcriptions” of Ode to Napoleon will feature the voices of performance artist Zackary Drucker and musician Theodore Baer, two transgender artists.


G Douglas Barrett’s work considers music as part of a critical arts practice in which performance and conceptuality figure as integral components. Drawing equally from the contemporary gallery arts and the performing arts traditions, Barrett has exhibited, performed, and published throughout North America and Europe. In 2009 Barrett received a DAAD research grant to Berlin. He has obtained advanced degrees from California Institute of the Arts (MFA) and the State University of New York at Buffalo (Ph.D.).