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Between Thought and Sound: Graphic Notation in Contemporary Music

The Kitchen
512 West 19th Street, 212-255-5793
September 7 - October 20, 2007
Reception: Friday, September 7, 6 - 8 PM
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The Kitchen is pleased to present Between Thought and Sound: Graphic Notation in Contemporary Music, a group exhibition that explores the intersection of drawing and sound through experimental scores by more than thirty composers who relinquish traditional musical notation in favor of their own invented visual systems of pictorial or “graphic” elements. Their musical compositions, or “graphic scores,” take the form of abstract drawings, videos, and digital renderings filled with complex pictograms, evocative mark-making, gestural symbols and intricate codes of numbers, letters and color. Most of the work included has never before been seen in the context of a gallery exhibition. In conjunction with the exhibition, there will be performances of some of the exhibited scores in the gallery and theater of The Kitchen (512 West 19th Street).

Curated by Alex Waterman, Debra Singer and Matthew Lyons, Between Thought and Sound will be on view from September 7-October 20, 2007. The Kitchen’s gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday, 12 to 6pm and Saturday, 11am to 6pm. Admission is Free. There will be an opening reception for the exhibition at The Kitchen on Friday, September 7 from 6-8pm.

The artists featured in the exhibition are Laura Andel, Robert Ashley, James Beckett, David Behrman, Cathy Berberian, Earle Brown, Cornelius Cardew, Tony Conrad, John Driscoll, Morton Feldman, Jon Gibson, Tom Johnson, Alison Knowles, Joan La Barbara, Annea Lockwood, Alvin Lucier, Miya Masaoka, Kaffe Matthews, Meredith Monk, Gordon Mumma, Anthony Jay Ptak, Steve Roden, Marina Rosenfeld, Michael J. Schumacher, Elliott Sharp, Wadada Leo Smith, Yasunao Tone, David Tudor, Stephen Vitiello and Christian Wolff.
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