If you’ve ever experienced a musical epiphany, you know of what I write.
It’s about those special encounters with music – not necessarily jazz – where you walk away with goose bumps from the experience. The memories linger for a long time. Perhaps it was the band’s chemistry and musical conversation, perhaps some other intangibles, something that leaves you almost speechless, beyond saying “wow.”
I was reminded of that impact of music last weekend in western
at Mass MoCA, the sprawling contemporary art museum in , housed in a 250,000 square-foot former mill complex. North Adams
Mass MoCA’s many exhibits include Dawn DeDeaux and Lonnie Holley’s collaborative installation, Thumbs Up For The Mothership.
Their multi-faceted installation consists primarily of found objects that were recrafted and are exhibited in ways designed to provoke serious thinking about the issues facing our planet.
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Holley’s portion of the exhibit space included the folk artist and musician’s installation called Vox Humana III: The Strength of Music Lives After the Instruments Are Destroyed.
This Alabama-born artist, now based in
combined a wide range of junked/destroyed musical instruments into a visual
commentary. To me, it said, the best musical experience lingers long after the notes ebb into the night. Atlanta
Other viewers may have different takeaways. That's just fine. That's art's purpose. Right?