© 2010 Céleste Boursier-Mougenot.
Courtesy of the Barbican Centre, London, and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York. Photo Credit: Lyndon Douglas, Barbican Art Gallery.
On view January 18, 2014 to April 13, 2014
Located in the: Special Exhibition Galleries
Céleste Boursier-Mougenot produces music in surprising and unexpected ways through large-scale acoustic environments. Boursier-Mougenot's immersive sonic installation, from here to ear, introduces a flock of 70 brightly plumed Zebra Finches to a gallery-turned-aviary to live among iconic Gibson Les Paul and Thunderbird bass guitars. At turns ambient and melodic, a constantly changing soundscape emerges as the finches explore their environment, eating, nesting and perching on the amplified instruments. This boundary-breaking exhibition asks us to consider the way we perceive, create and interact with music while challenging traditional notions of artistic collaboration.
Support provided by the East India Marine Associates of the Peabody Essex Museum, the Institut Français and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States.
Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, From Here to Ear installation for Nantes Creation Estuary, 2009. Photo: Franck Perry/AFP/ Newscom
Installation for The Curve, Barbican Art Gallery, 2010. Céleste Boursier-Mougenot. Photo © Associated Press
Installation for The Curve, Barbican Art Gallery, 2010. Céleste Boursier-Mougenot. Photo © AFP/Getty Images
Curator of the Present Tense Trevor Smith leads this gallery talk.
Members and Salem residents (with ID) free, nonmembers $10 at the door
Listen to master guitarists create riveting sounds on their Gibson solid body electric guitars, hear performers inject unexpected musical sounds in our collection, see a guitar-building demonstration and make art.