Creating Joy: Art Inspired by Music

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Creating Joy: Art Inspired by Music

June 9, 2020 - September 20, 2020

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Sonic experience has long been a powerful influence on artistic expression. Practicing the visualization of music helped Modernist artists break free of traditional subject matter and begin to think abstractly. Artists Jackson Pollock and Robert Rauschenberg were directly inspired by the music they listened to in their studios, while the Rolling Stones and Patti Smith collaborated with iconic visual artists to create new works of art for their albums.

In a divisive contemporary world, music is one of the best ways to cultivate joy in our daily lives. Susquehanna Art Museum is interested in how artists find joy at the intersection of music and art. Works were selected for this exhibition by juror Melissa Feldman. They provide unique perspectives on the joyful relationship between music and art both visually and conceptually.

Visitors are encouraged to bring their listening devices to enjoy a special playlist that accompanies the exhibition!


From June 9 through August 30, 2020, SAM at The Marty will be open to the public on a Pay-What-You-Wish basis. They have designated special hours, from 10am – 12noon Tuesdays through Fridays and from 5-7pm on Wednesdays for By Appointment Only Socially Distanced Visits. They are open to the public from 12-5 on Tuesdays – Fridays; from 10-5 on Saturdays; and from 12-5 on Sundays. The Museum will limit the total number of guests to 25 at any one time during these open hours. Masks will be worn by all and at all times.

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June 9, 2020
September 20, 2020
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Susquehanna Art Museum
(717) 233-8668
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Susquehanna Art Museum
1401 North 3rd St.
Harrisburg, PA 17102 United States
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