Our Education department installed a cork board in the lobby featuring changing questions about the galleries, exhibitions, etc. Our Education intern Kate wrote the following blog about the first question on the board and the answers we got.
Petah Coyneâ€™s exhibition Everything that Rises Must Converge has attracted viewers across all audiences. How can we tell? A question board in MASS MoCAâ€™s lobby recently displayed patronâ€™s selections for a hypothetical soundtrack accompaniment.
In many ways, all of us have personal soundtracks to our lives. With the innovation of MP3 players, particularly the iPod, itâ€™s quite common to see someone out for a stroll casually bopping to their favorite tunes â€“ whatever they may be. Curiously, the vast display of Petah Coyneâ€™s artwork has evoked an equally vast musical response.
Whatâ€™s interesting about these song selections is that in many ways they delineate the unique ways artwork has potential to move disparate audiences. Responses on the board eclipsed age differences and genres, spanning from Bachâ€™s eighteenth century piano concertos, English rock hits such as Blackbird from the Beatlesâ€™ two-disc White Album, to contemporary singles by bands like The Postal Service, Smashing Pumpkins, and the artist Lady Gaga.
Though it may be hard to imagine a soundtrack juxtaposing songs such as Big River by Johnny Cash with Maurice Ravelâ€™s solo piano rendition of Gaspard de la Nuit, below are my personal favorite responses for the Petah Coyne soundtrack:
The Everything that Rises Must Converge soundtrack is only the first question on the feedback board for the summer. Stay tuned for future questions in the MASS MoCA lobby.