“The World Is Sound” Exhibition

Rubin Museum of Art

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Learn to listen with your whole body. Visitors will explore how sound and our sense of hearing shape our daily lives, our traditions, our history, and all of existence. The World Is Sound employs sound in new ways to animate and intensify the experience of art in the Rubin’s collection. Organized cyclically—from creation to death to rebirth—the exhibition explores different dimensions of sound and listening and its many functions in Tibetan Buddhism.

Featuring work by more than 20 artists, The World Is Sound juxtaposes new site-specific commissions and works by prominent contemporary sound artists with historical objects from the museum’s collection of Tibetan Buddhist art to encourage reflection on how we listen and to challenge entrenched ways of thinking.

The Museum space itself will become an instrument of transformation. The centerpiece of the exhibition is Le Corps Sonore (Sound Body), an immersive, site-specific installation composed for the Rubin Museum’s iconic spiral staircase by the pioneering electronic sound artists Éliane Radigue, Laetitia Sonami, and Bob Bielecki. Ambient drone sounds inspired by Buddhist philosophy are “tuned” to the building, and will ascend and descend as visitors wind their way up the staircase. The subtlety and ephemerality of the sounds prepare the listener for understanding a core tenet of Buddhist philosophy, where music is a metaphor for change and impermanence. As with the entire exhibition, Le Corps Sonore invites visitors to slow down and consider their bodily engagement with sound, space, and their individual perceptions.

The exhibition features works by contemporary artists including C. Spencer Yeh, Christine Sun Kim, Ernst Karel, Hildegard Westerkamp, John Giorno, Jules Gimbrone, MSHR, Nate Wooley, Pauline Oliveros, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, and Samita Sinha.

The exhibition also includes Tibetan Buddhist ritual music from several monasteries in Nepal and India, the voices of Rubin visitors recorded in the OM Lab (software and 3D sound design by Terence Caulkins of Arup). Daniel Neumann is Lead Acoustic Designer for the exhibition.

An audio tour, print and online magazine, and series of public programs will complement the exhibition.

Curated by Risha Lee

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Schedule

from July 16, 2017 to January 08, 2018

Website

http://www.rmanyc.org/ (venue's website)

Fee

Adults $10, Seniors, Students, Artists and Neighbors(zips 10011/10001 with ID) $7, Children under 12 and on Fridays 7pm-10pm Free

Venue Hours

From 11:00 To 17:00
wednesdays closing at 19:00, fridays closing at 22:00, saturdays closing at 18:00, sundays closing at 18:00
Closed on Tuesdays, Holidays
Note:7-10pm the museum is free to all visitors, the K2 Lounge/bar is open from 6 pm. until late. Happy Hour 6–7 pm. Performances in the theater start at 7pm.

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Address: 150 W 17th St., New York, NY 10011
Phone: 212-620-5000

Corner of 7th Ave. Subway: 1/2/3 to 14th Street or 1 to 18th Street

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