Soundtracks is the SFMOMA‘s first large-scale group exhibition centered on the role of sound in contemporary art. Focusing on the perceptual experience of space, the exhibition offers opportunities for discovering public architectural features and galleries throughout the newly expanded building which was completed last year by Snøhetta.
Sergei Tcherepnin, Stereo Classroom Chairs, 2015; chairs, transducers, amplifier, and iPod; each: 31 x 15 1/2 x 18 in. (78.7 x 39.4 x 45.7 cm); courtesy the artist and Overduin & Co., Los Angeles; © Sergei Tcherepnin; photo: Brian Forrest, courtesy Overduin & Co., Los Angeles.
Brian Eno, New Urban Spaces Series #4: “Compact Forest Proposal,” 2001; sound installation with portable CD players, string lights, wood, cardboard, polyethylene foam, and mannequin; dimensions variable; commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, gift of the artist; © Brian Eno.
Lyota Yagi, Sound Sphere, 2011; installation view, Kanagawa Prefectural Gallery, Yokohama, 2014; © Lyota Yagi; photo: Nobutada Omote, courtesy MUJIN-TO Production.
Ragnar Kjartansson, The Visitors, 2012; jointly owned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and The Museum of Modern Art, New York, acquired through the generosity of Mimi Haas and Helen and Charles Schwab; © Ragnar Kjartansson; photo: Elísabet Davids, courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York, and i8 Gallery, Reykjavik.
Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, clinamen v.2, 2012–ongoing (detail); courtesy the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York; © Céleste Boursier-Mougenot.
Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon, Inside You Is Me, 2016; installation view, The Lab, San Francisco, 2016; © Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon; photo: courtesy The Lab. The concept of Inside You Is Me developed through residencies at EMPAC, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in 2014 and at The Lab in 2016. It was presented with the title Judy/Surface Substance in the exhibition Geometry of Now, organized by the VAC Foundation, Moscow, in 2017.
Anri Sala, Moth in B-Flat, 2015; collection of Gina and Stuart Peterson; © Anri Sala; photo: Stephen White, courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery.
Spanning sculpture, audio and video installation, and performance pieces made since 2000, the show takes its point of departure from key works in the media arts collection. Select pieces address the association of “soundtracks” with film scores in unexpected ways, while others take various approaches to visualizing the relationship between sound and space. Moving beyond medium-specific histories of sound art and electronic music, this cross-generational presentation highlights past SFMOMA commissions by Brian Eno and Bill Fontana, as well as new and diverse work from over twenty contemporary artists, including Ragnar Kjartansson, Christina Kubisch, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, O Grivo, and Susan Philipsz.
Support for Soundtracks is provided by the French American Cultural Society and the Office for Contemporary Art Norway.
More information on the exhibit: sfmoma.org