Visitors can play exhibited musical sculptures

playing instrumentInteractive instruments and the intersection of arts and technology are on display with “E=MC2 Closesound: A Musical Exploration by MASS Ensemble” now open at SUNY Oswego’s Tyler Art Gallery.

The public is invited to a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, in Tyler Hall. Gallery visitors will have the opportunity to play the free-standing and wall-mounted musical sculptures.

This interactive installation appears in conjunction with the MASS Ensemble’s live musical performance, “Critical MASS,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre and several other events during the groundbreaking troupe’s residency at the lakeside campus.

“The musical sculptures featured are visually captivating,” said MASS Ensemble’s artistic director, Bill Close, “and all are musically interactive.” MASS Ensemble has been fusing music with technology, sculpture, dance and aerial performance for more than a decade.

The exhibition is supported in part by Artswego with funding from the New York State Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General’s Office and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. On view through Monday, Oct. 9, the installation of Closesound also received support from the SUNY Oswego Student Association art exhibition committee.

Visitors and groups may schedule special gallery tours in advance by calling Mali Dorsey at Tyler Art Gallery at 312-2113. Visitors with disabilities, needing assistance to attend gallery events, may contact the gallery in advance.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. weekends. Exhibitions and events at Tyler Art Gallery are free and open to the public.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Interactive art—MASS Ensemble Artistic Director Bill Close plays a large stringed instrument from the exhibition “E=MC2 Closesound: A Musical Exploration by MASS Ensemble,” which will open Sept. 5 at SUNY Oswego’s Tyler Art Gallery. The public is invited to a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 8. The exhibition, featuring sonic sculptures that visitors can play, will run through Oct. 9. For more information, contact Tyler Art Gallery at 312-2113.

(Posted: Aug 18, 2006)