Posts Tagged “sound art”

Terry Fox: Timbre

03.13.2013  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd

Thirty seven years ago on March 13, 1976, the then-San Francisco artist Terry Fox (1943–2008) performed Timbre for an audience at the Mountain Theatre at Mount Tamalpais. Fox’s text below on his SFMOMA offsite performance was originally published by the nonprofit La Mamelle (1975–1995) and illustrated with photo documentation by Tom Mario... More

Receipt of Delivery: Ellen Zweig’s She Travelled for the Landscape (Giant Camera)

12.15.2012  |  By

Receipt of Delivery is a weekly series featuring Bay Area exhibition mailers selected from the SFMOMA Research Library’s collection of artists’ ephemera.

“This piece was a long time ago, but was at a special time for me, a good time for my work. San Francisco was the breeding ground, the creative space, in which I could dream of Victorian lad... More

Receipt of Delivery: Sound Series I

11.09.2012  |  By

Receipt of Delivery is a weekly series featuring Bay Area exhibition mailers selected from the SFMOMA Research Library’s collection of artists’ ephemera.

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On Bill Fontana’s “Sonic Shadows”

07.11.2011  |  By
Filed under: Essay, One on One

Our guest writer today is architect Chris Downey. Welcome!

Stepping through the lobby and into the atrium of SFMOMA, you may be greeted by strange sounds of dripping water, metallic pings, or intermittent clicks. Just as you think you might recognize the sound, it vanishes. Sometimes it seems to travel right past you, while other sounds seem to swerve somewhere near you. It’s hard to tell, though, as there’s no evidence of anything around that could be making the noise — or so I’m told. I cannot see and came to visit the museum with a number of friends, most of them also blind or visually impaired. We came to experience Sonic Shadows, the temporary site-specific sound installation by San Francisco’s own Bill Fontana. We didn’t know it at the time, but it was Bill’s work that greeted us as we stepped toward the atrium.

Bill Fontana, audio clip of site-specific installation Sonic Shadows, at SFMOMA, 2011.

This was an incredible experience on many levels. We had the opportu... More