Songs and the Sky : An exhibition of art and music

April 28 - June 25, 2016
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Lisette Model Shadows, 1940-41 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960s 13 3/8 x 9 7/8 in.  Lisette Model Shadows, 1940-41 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960s 13 3/8 x 9 7/8 in.  

Lisette Model
Shadows, 1940-41
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960s
13 3/8 x 9 7/8 in.

 

Lisette Model Shadows, Woman and Child, 1940-41 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960s 13 1/2 x 10 3/4 in.Lisette Model Shadows, Woman and Child, 1940-41 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960s 13 1/2 x 10 3/4 in.

Lisette Model
Shadows, Woman and Child, 1940-41
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960s
13 1/2 x 10 3/4 in.

Lisette Model Shadows, Woman with Handbag, 1940-41 Gelatin silver print, printed 1960s 13 5/8 x 10 1/4 in.  Lisette Model Shadows, Woman with Handbag, 1940-41 Gelatin silver print, printed 1960s 13 5/8 x 10 1/4 in.  

Lisette Model
Shadows, Woman with Handbag, 1940-41
Gelatin silver print, printed 1960s
13 5/8 x 10 1/4 in.
 

Barbara Morgan Outerspace, 1960 Ink and watercolor 11 1/2 x 14 1/2 in.Barbara Morgan Outerspace, 1960 Ink and watercolor 11 1/2 x 14 1/2 in.

Barbara Morgan
Outerspace, 1960
Ink and watercolor
11 1/2 x 14 1/2 in.

Barbara Morgan  Martha Graham 'Deep Song', 1937 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1937 14 x 18 1/4 in. Barbara Morgan  Martha Graham 'Deep Song', 1937 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1937 14 x 18 1/4 in. 

Barbara Morgan 
Martha Graham 'Deep Song', 1937
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1937
14 x 18 1/4 in. 

Aaron Siskind  Pleasures and Terrors of Levitation, 1956 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1956 10 x 9 in.Aaron Siskind  Pleasures and Terrors of Levitation, 1956 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1956 10 x 9 in.

Aaron Siskind 
Pleasures and Terrors of Levitation, 1956
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1956
10 x 9 in.

Aaron Siskind  Pleasures and Terrors of Levitation #474, 1954 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1950s-1960s 11 x 10 3/8 in.  Aaron Siskind  Pleasures and Terrors of Levitation #474, 1954 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1950s-1960s 11 x 10 3/8 in.  

Aaron Siskind 
Pleasures and Terrors of Levitation #474, 1954
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1950s-1960s
11 x 10 3/8 in.
 

Aaron Siskind  Pleasures and Terrors of Levitation #477, 1954 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1954 14 x 11 in.  Aaron Siskind  Pleasures and Terrors of Levitation #477, 1954 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1954 14 x 11 in.  

Aaron Siskind 
Pleasures and Terrors of Levitation #477, 1954
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1954
14 x 11 in.
 

Frederick Sommer Untitled, n.d. Pencil drawing on paper 12 1/2 x 9 1/2 in.Frederick Sommer Untitled, n.d. Pencil drawing on paper 12 1/2 x 9 1/2 in.

Frederick Sommer

Untitled, n.d.

Pencil drawing on paper

12 1/2 x 9 1/2 in.

Frederick Sommer  Untitled, n.d. Pen and ink drawing on paper 12 x 9 1/4 in.  Frederick Sommer  Untitled, n.d. Pen and ink drawing on paper 12 x 9 1/4 in.  

Frederick Sommer 
Untitled, n.d.
Pen and ink drawing on paper
12 x 9 1/4 in.
 

Frederick Sommer  Untitled (Musical Score Glue Color Drawing on Paper), 1954 9 3/4 x 7 3/4 in.Frederick Sommer  Untitled (Musical Score Glue Color Drawing on Paper), 1954 9 3/4 x 7 3/4 in.

Frederick Sommer 
Untitled (Musical Score Glue Color Drawing on Paper), 1954
9 3/4 x 7 3/4 in.

Alfred Stieglitz  Equivalent [251b], c. 1923 Gelatin silver print flush-mounted on card, mounted to board, printed c. 1923 4 9/16 x 3 9/16 in.Alfred Stieglitz  Equivalent [251b], c. 1923 Gelatin silver print flush-mounted on card, mounted to board, printed c. 1923 4 9/16 x 3 9/16 in.

Alfred Stieglitz 
Equivalent [251b], c. 1923
Gelatin silver print flush-mounted on card, mounted to board, printed c. 1923
4 9/16 x 3 9/16 in.

Alfred Stieglitz Equivalent [145d], c. 1923 Gelatin silver print flush-mounted on card, mounted to board, printed c. 1923 4 9/16 x 3 9/16 in.Alfred Stieglitz Equivalent [145d], c. 1923 Gelatin silver print flush-mounted on card, mounted to board, printed c. 1923 4 9/16 x 3 9/16 in.

Alfred Stieglitz
Equivalent [145d], c. 1923
Gelatin silver print flush-mounted on card, mounted to board, printed c. 1923
4 9/16 x 3 9/16 in.

Alfred Stieglitz  Equivalent [179a], 1925 Gelatin silver print flush-mounted on card, mounted to board, printed 1925 4 5/8 x 3 9/16 in.Alfred Stieglitz  Equivalent [179a], 1925 Gelatin silver print flush-mounted on card, mounted to board, printed 1925 4 5/8 x 3 9/16 in.

Alfred Stieglitz 
Equivalent [179a], 1925
Gelatin silver print flush-mounted on card, mounted to board, printed 1925
4 5/8 x 3 9/16 in.

Press Release

 

 

 

 

Bruce Silverstein Gallery is pleased to present Songs and the Sky, an exhibition of art and music. 

 

Artworks by Lisette Model, Barbara Morgan, Aaron Siskind, Frederick Sommer, and Alfred Stieglitz will be paired with musical compositions by Ernest Bloch, John Cage, Arnold Schoenberg, Henry Cowell, and Christopher Washburne. Historically and conceptually relevant musical compositions were chosen to provoke, compliment, enhance, and challenge a reading of the visual artworks. Music served as literal or ideological inspiration for these artists, who sought to create images with the equivalent potential to communicate or translate abstract concepts directly. 

 

The exhibition title derives from Alfred Stieglitz’s historic series, Songs of the Sky, the artist’s original title for the Equivalents (1925-1937). Similar to notes in a musical scorethese images of cloud patterns form an abstract, universal visual language analogous to the artist's inner state, emotion, and ideas. This exhibition is a rare opportunity to view such a large collection of Equivalents.   

 

The exhibition encourages visitors to pause, listen and experience the synthesis of art and music.  The artists and composers are paired in the gallery as follows:

 

Lisette Model                 Arnold Schoenberg

Barbara Morgan            Henry Cowell

Aaron Siskind                 John Cage

Frederick Sommer        Chris Washburne

Alfred Stieglitz               Ernest Bloch