Sound as Sculpture

As sculpture in the 20th century witnessed an ever-expanding use of media, bodily engagement, and theatricality, artists sought to redefine our understanding of the dynamics between objects and space. One of the most radical moves was the use of sound to explore the fundamental questions of the discipline of sculpture. This exhibition looks at foundational works from the 1960s and 1970s, alongside more contemporary works, to examine how artists use sound to create an experience of space as time, play with the body’s ability to emit/transmit/perceive/absorb sound, and draw on the psychological and poetic effects of sound in space. Works in the exhibition include sculpture, performance, video, and installation, as well as archival material. The exhibition includes work by Laurie Anderson, Tonico Lemos Auad, Mark Bradford, John Cage, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, Nancy Holt, Pierre Huyghe, Alvin Lucier, Bruce Nauman, Max Neuhaus, Adrian Piper, Emilio Prini, Tomás Saraceno, Nora Schultz, Richard Serra, Haegue Yang, and Minoru Yoshida.

Institutional lenders to the exhibition include MoMA, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Ludwig Forum fur Internationale Kunst, Aachen; Ishikawa Foundation, Okayama; Holt Smithson Foundation, Santa Fe; Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz; The Menil Collection, Houston; and Dallas Museum of Art. Private lenders include Deedie Rose and the Collection of Marguerite and Robert Hoffman.