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Looking at Music: Side 2

June 10–November 30, 2009

The Yoshiko and Akio Morita Media Gallery, second floor


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This exhibition is accompanied by the Looking at Music: Side 2 film series.

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In the mid-1970s, right on the heels of Conceptual art and Minimalism, many visual artists turned to making raw, hard-edged work that addressed urban blight and bad economies. With an ear set to punk, these artists worked in the netherworld between music and media, often forming their own short-lived bands. Their rough, do-it-yourself projects pushed the envelope of interdisciplinary experimentation, which soon spread to underground venues from New York to London, Düsseldorf, and Krakow. This exhibition features music videos, super-8 films, drawings, photographs, and zines from MoMA's collection that explore the melding of music, media, and visual art in the final decades leading up to the twenty-first century.

Organized by Barbara London, Associate Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art.
Stephanie Chernikowski. <i>Sonic Youth.</i> 1983. Black-and-white photograph, 11 x 17" (27.9 x  43.2 cm). The Museum of Modern Art Library. Gift of the artist

Stephanie Chernikowski. Sonic Youth. 1983. Black-and-white photograph, 11 x 17" (27.9 x 43.2 cm). The Museum of Modern Art Library. Gift of the artist