An exhibition that explores music’s role in the interdisciplinary experimentation of the 1960s, when a dynamic cross-fertilization was taking place among music, video, installation, and what was known as “mixed media” art. 
Comprising over 40 works from the Museum’s collection, the exhibition includes video, audio, books, lithographs, collage, and prints, by artists such as Yoko Ono, Laurie Anderson, Nam June Paik, Bruce Nauman, and John Cage.
At MoMA New York (map13 Aug 2008 – 5 Jan 2009Link.

 

Looking at Music
August 13, 2008–January 5, 2009

The Yoshiko and Akio Morita Gallery, second floor

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In the 1960s, the decade that saw astronauts land on the moon, artists were likewise seeking to expand boundaries of time and space and to have new experiences. At the same time, portable video equipment reached the consumer market—suddenly simultaneity and “now,” the present and the past, became content. Musicians led the way in developing new working methods, and music was at the forefront of interdisciplinary experimentation during the early days of media art. This exhibition looks at the dynamic connections that occurred from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s with a display of early media works by Nam June Paik, Bruce Nauman, Steve Reich, Joan Jonas, Yoko Ono, Laurie Anderson, and David Bowie presented alongside related drawings, prints, and photographs by John Cage, Jack Smith, Ray Johnson, and others.

 

Organized by Barbara London, Associate Curator, Department of Media.

Upcoming related events:

 

Monday, December 1, 2008

7:00 p.m.
Film Screenings & Events
Thurston Moore Introduces Early Music Videos by David Bowie

 

Monday, December 8, 2008

11:30 a.m.
Lectures & Gallery Talks | Gallery Talks
Looking at Music: Media Art of the 1960s
With Nora Lawrence

Past related events:

 

Thursday, August 21, 2008

1:30 p.m.
Lectures & Gallery Talks | Gallery Talks
Looking at Music: Media Art of the 1960s
With Midori Yoshimoto

 

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

1:30 p.m.
Lectures & Gallery Talks | Gallery Talks
Looking at Music: Media Art of the 1960s
With Julia Robinson

 

Friday, October 31, 2008

1:30 p.m.
Lectures & Gallery Talks | Gallery Talks
Looking at Music: Media Art of the 1960s
With Midori Yoshimoto

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Nam June Paik and Otto Piene. Untitled. 1968. Manipulated television set and plastic pearls, 9 x 13 x 10″ (22.9 x 33 x 25.4 cm). Gift of The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Greenwich Collection Ltd. Fund, and gift of Margot Ernst. © 2003 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Thomas Griesel

 

*All dates are subject to change

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