An exhibition turns a Tibetan art museum into a musical instrument

By Allison Meier
Milarepa (Central Tibet, 15th-16th century), parcel gilt silver with gilt bronze base (courtesy Rubin Museum of Art)
NEW YORK---For The World Is Sound at the Rubin Museum of Art in Manhattan, the entire building is treated as an instrument. An installation on the central spiral staircase called “Le Corps Sonore (Sound Body)” features work by sound artists √Čliane Radigue, Laetitia Sonami, and Bob Bielecki, and what visitors hear changes as they ascend and descend. “This was the first piece that I selected for the show,” Risha Lee, curator of The World Is Sound, told Hyperallergic. “Its principles guided much of my subsequent thinking, including weaving the exhibition throughout the museum, which highlights the fact that all of these spaces are already resonant.” [More]