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Art Exhibit - "Cosmic Rhythm Vibrations"

This exhibition highlights works from the Nasher Museum collection that engage visual and musical rhythm. Rhythm may be expressed through repeated patterns of color, form or movement, or, in other cases, implied sound and dance. Whether they embody a beat or a swing, these works carry a pulse that helps guide the viewer through time and space. As wide-ranging objects that reference the power of rhythm and music to transcend earthly concerns, collectively they become cosmic in their vast reach and otherworldly magnetism.

The majority of the works come from the museum’s contemporary collection, but also include other artistic genres, time periods, and modes of production, such as the traditional African and ancient American collections. The exhibition incorporates new acquisitions by Elizabeth Matheson, Dave Muller, Paulo Nazareth and Gordon Parks; a pyramid of cymbals by Satch Hoyt; a music and photography installation by Xaviera Simmons; vibrating landscapes by Charles Burchfield; singing birds by James Audubon, a Gee’s Bend quilt by Nettie Young, and much more. Other artists include Sanford Biggers, Nick Cave, Bruce Conner, William Cordova, Jeffrey Gibson, Barkley L. Hendricks, Silvia Heyden, Taiyo Kimura, Christian Marclay, Archibald Motley, Odili Odita, Robert Pruitt, Robin Rhode, Dario Robleto, Jeff Sonhouse, Alma Thomas, Bob Thompson, Mose Tolliver, Alice Wagner, Nari Ward, Andy Warhol, and Carrie Mae Weems, among others.

The title of the exhibition derives from a long, hypnotic composition of the same name recorded in 1993 by the Nigerian drummer and social activist Babatunde Olatunji (1927 – 2003). Olatunji played an influential role in US culture. He had a song dedicated to him by John Coltrane, won a Grammy Award for his collaboration with Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead, and performed at numerous civil rights rallies led by the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. This exhibition acknowledges rhythm’s transformative energy, and its potential to define identity and bring people together to effect social change.

Cosmic Rhythm Vibrations is organized by Trevor Schoonmaker.

Tu, W, F, Sa 10am-5pm, Th 10am-9pm (General admission is free from 5-9pm), Su Noon-5pm.

Upcoming Dates For This Event:

  • Wednesday, December 11
  • Thursday, December 12
  • Friday, December 13
  • Saturday, December 14
  • Sunday, December 15
  • Tuesday, December 17
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