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The World Is Sound

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June 16, 2017 through September 30, 2017

Mondays and Thursdays, 11am-5pm; Wednesdays, 11am-9pm; Fridays, 11am-10pm; Saturday-Sunday, 11am-6pm.

The Rubin Museum


All Ages

$15; $10 students and seniors; free for children younger than 12

Event description: A brand new exhibit where visitors will explore how sound and our sense of hearing shape our daily lives, our traditions, our history, and all of existence.

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

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