An Art Show for the Ears

'Clinamen' by Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, part of the Soundtracks Exhibition at SFMOMA

'Clinamen' by Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, part of the Soundtracks Exhibition at SFMOMA (Photo: Cy Musiker/KQED)

Soundtracks, running through the end of the year at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, is the museum’s first exhibit devoted to sound in modern art. The array of pieces includes whimsical Rube Goldberg contraptions with pinging chimes, a train crossing at a doorway, and mysterious snarls of wire whose magnetic fields can be heard only with special headphones. My personal favorite piece is the one pictured above, in which museum-goers enter a room filled with a blue pool filled with porcelain bowls, floating about and clinking in a pretty pattern of sound. Everyone is still, phones are silenced, and people just listen. Details here.

An Art Show for the Ears 23 August,2017Cy Musiker

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Cy Musiker

Cy Musiker co-hosts The Do List and covers the arts for KQED News and The California Report.  He loves live performance, especially great theater, jazz, roots music, anything by Mahler. Cy has an MJ from UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism, and got his BA from Hampshire College. His work has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists with their Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Journalism. When he can, Cy likes to swim in Tomales Bay, run with his dog in the East Bay Hills, and hike the Sierra.

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