Joe McPhee, 1970. Photo Ken Brunton.

The stark, language-based paintings of Christopher Wool get a musical complement tomorrow night at New York's Guggenheim Museum.

The Guggenheim presents Nation Time, a musical program put together by the artist to celebrate his current retrospective at the museum (through Jan. 22, 2014). The event "is the product of an ongoing conversation about music and the visual arts," Nation Time's co-curator John Corbette told A.i.A. in an email, "drawing together several generations of performers from underground rock and improvised music. It charts the charged space between energy, intensity and critique."

The evening will feature New York luminaries from the '70s and '80s like writer and musician Richard Hell, famously of the punk bands Television and Richard Hell and the Voidoids, and Arto Lindsay, founder of the No Wave group DNA and, later on, the Ambitious Lovers. Also present will be the Scandinavian free jazz group the Thing, playing with multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee.