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"Max Neuhaus: Drawings"
2000-07-02 until 0000-00-00
PS1 Contemporary Art Center
Long Island City, NY,
USA United States of America
P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center presents
Max Neuhaus: Drawings, works by the American artist Max Neuhaus (b. 1939),
renowned for his work with sound since the early 60's.
Curated by P.S.1 Senior Curator Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, this exhibition
presents a number of drawings produced by Neuhaus since 1990 from a group
which he calls the drawing after.
The exhibition focuses on drawings after some of Neuhaus' most well-known
works including Fan Music, originally installed on Manhattan rooftops in 1968,
Walkthrough, created for a New York City subway station in 1973, and Times
Square, installed in New York's Times Square from 1977 to 1992.
Max Neuhaus was renowned for his interpretation of contemporary music while
still in his twenties. In the early sixties, he gave solo recitals at Carnegie Hall and
toured America and Europe as a percussion soloist.
Neuhaus travelled with one thousand kilos of percussion instruments to perform
his solo repertoire. He broadened his palette of sound color by inventing early
electro-acoustic instruments. His solo album recorded for Columbia Masterworks
in 1968 stands as one of the first examples of what is now called live electronic
Neuhaus went on to pioneer artistic activities outside conventional cultural
contexts and began to realize sound works anonymously in public places,
developing art forms of his own. He made sound works that were neither music
nor events and coined the term 'sound installation' to describe them. In these
works without beginning or end, sounds are placed in space rather than in time.
Neuhaus became the first to extend sound as a primary medium into the field of
contemporary art. Starting from the premise that our sense of place depends on
what we hear, as well as in what we see, he utilized a given social and aural
context as a foundation to build a new perception of place with sound.