The Tapestry Room:
Music and Performance Halls in Museums
Thursday, September 30, 2010
David Wilson, founder of the Museum of Jurassic Technology and Gardner Museum Artist-in-Residence, in conversation with Pieranna Cavalchini, Curator of Contemporary Art
When Isabella Stewart Gardner opened her museum in 1903, members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra performed in a two-story music room which held pride of place at the museum entrance. This was the beginning of a music program which has developed over the last century into a major part of the museum experience.
David Wilson, a Gardner Museum 2009 Artist-in-Residence, founded the Museum of Jurassic Technology (MJT) on Venice Boulevard in Los Angeles in 1987. A small Borgesian museum, the MJT displays a mixture of artistic and scientific exhibits that may or may not present accurate factual information. Famous exhibits include The Eye of the Needle: The Unique World of Microminiatures of Hagop Sandadjian, which includes a tiny sculpture of Donald Duck carved from a strand of hair, and Bernard Maston, Donald R. Griffith and Deprong Mori of the Tripsicum Plateau, which describes the discovery of a bat that flies through solid objects with the use of X-rays. In addition to the many displays, visitors can watch a series of poetic documentaries in the Borzoi Kabinet Theater and hear music in the Tula Tea Room, a miniature reconstruction of the study of Tsar Nicolas I from the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg.
Music and performance have played an integral role in both museums. When and why did music, film, and later, performance art become such a strong component of museum life? Wilson and Cavalchini will attempt to answer this and other questions in relation to these two fascinating American institutions.
A wine reception will follow around the courtyard.
Part of Room Views: A Series of Conversations About the Gardner Museum
This season's Room Views conversations focus on the idea of The Personal Museum. Isabella Gardner created one of the first personal museums in the United States, establishing a model for the intersection of art and personality that continues to influence collectors and artists today. This series will explore several different examples of the personal museum, from strong-minded collectors like Gardner and Albert Barnes to museums created by contemporary artists. How has the personal museum shaped our view of museums in general, and what we can experience there?
Fall 2010 Room Views Programs:
September 30, 6:30pm - The Tapestry Room: Music and Performance Halls in Museums Buy Tickets
October 27, 6:30pm - The Gothic Room: The Patron in the Installation Buy Tickets
November 11, 6:30pm - The Blue Room: Art in Context, Then and Now Buy Tickets
Tickets: $10 General Public; $5 Museum Members & Seniors; FREE Students
SPECIAL OFFER :: Bring a friend for free! Mention Conversation Starter and receive an extra ticket to any fall 2010 Room Views program free with the purchase of a general admission ticket. Reedemable only by phone (617 278 5156) or at the door.
Image: A performance in the Tapestry Room. Photo by Cheryl Richards, 2008