The Sound of Ceramics

Brown University

September 30 – October 24, 2016

The Sound of Ceramics, installation view, Brown University (2016)

The Sound of Ceramics, installation view, Brown University (2016)

The Sound of Ceramics, installation view, Brown University (2016)

The Sound of Ceramics, installation view, Brown University (2016)

The Sound of Ceramics, installation view, Brown University (2016)

Press Release

The Sound of Ceramics
Cohen Gallery, Brown University
Providence, RI

The Brown Arts Initiative presents The Sound of Ceramics, a musical and sculptural collaboration by composer Wang Lu and artist Polly Apfelbaum. Influenced by Harry Partch’s instruments, the early American shape-note tradition, and an ancient Chinese tradition of hanging bronze and stone bells, the exhibition includes a hanging installation by Apfelbaum that features ceramic geometric shapes and clay bead mallets which are used to compose and orchestrate two performances. A performance by Lu and a group of her students will accompany prerecorded and sampled sounds produced by the hanging shapes.