PETER AND THE WOLF

December 8, 9, 14–16 2012



In what has become an annual tradition, Works & Process, at the Guggenheim Museum, worked this year with artist Will Cotton to present ten performances of Sergei Prokofiev's charming classic, Peter & the Wolf, in an original production combining the visual and the performing arts.

Will Cotton brought the 2012 production to life with a newly commissioned installation, featuring Cotton's largest painting to date (11 x 30 feet), in which the familiar characters, free-standing and hand-painted by the artist, are set within a kinetic gingerbread chalet. Fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi narrated and George Manahan conducted the Juilliard Ensemble.

Will Cotton holding up the mechanized bird amongst hand-painted characters at the artist's studio.

Will Cotton holding up the mechanized bird, amongst hand-painted characters, at the artist's studio.

The 11 x 30 foot, hand-painted canvas backdrop in progress at the artist’s studio.

The 11 x 30 foot hand-painted canvas backdrop in progress, at the artist’s studio.

The installation at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Theater.

The installation at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Theater.

The installation at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Theater.

The installation at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Theater.

Isaac Mizrahi and the Juilliard Ensemble with Will Cotton’s set during a performance.

Isaac Mizrahi and the Juilliard Ensemble with Will Cotton’s set during a performance.