Many contemporary composers and visual artists have experimented with the visual presentation of music. This exhibition explores ways in which sound informs the visual arts. Artists’ books by Destroy All Monsters, Ed Ruscha, and Alvin Lucier document a range of music from noise bands, to popular music and everyday sounds. Just Like Music includes musical scores, record album covers and a compilation of sound from artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Steve Reich, Pauline Oliveros, Hermann Nitsch, and Ramelzee, among others. Integrating artwork and a variety of sound, Just Like Music demonstrates the power of sound not only to move, but also to create an alternative sphere.
With the launch of this website, the MCA has created a platform for archiving and publishing images and stories from our 50-year history. Though many exhibition pages currently lack descriptions or illustrations, we’re committed to a program of ongoing research that will fill in the blanks over time. If you have information about past MCA exhibitions to share, we’d be delighted to hear from you.