Tom Sachs: Boombox Retrospective, 1999–2016 @ Brooklyn Museum
Tom Sachs have NYC covered: not only does he have the Tea Ceremony show at the Noguchi Museum and an upcoming show Nuggets with Jeffrey Deitch, but his phenomenol Boombox Retrospective show is traveling to the Brooklyn Museum from April 21—August 14 2016. We saw the show at The Contemporary Austin last year, and it was one of our favorite exhibitions from 2015. Oh, and Tom Sachs and Satan Ceramics are featured in our May 2016 issue (get that here).
From the Brooklyn Museum:
Tom Sachs pays tribute to a defining icon of street culture—the boom box—by transforming our glass entryway, the Rubin Pavilion, into a living sound system that hovers between art and science, the functional and the mythological.
Tom Sachs: Boombox Retrospective, 1999–2016 features eighteen works that highlight the artist’s ability to inventively transform ordinary, everyday materials into art. With wit and ingenuity, he creates boom box sculptures that play music and activate the space, turning it into an immersive sound environment. The work is programmed with playlists that go on sequentially throughout our public hours.
The installation includes Toyan’s (2002), a group of speakers eight feet tall by twelve feet across inspired by Jamaican sound systems, and Presidential Vampire Booth (2002), complete with a stocked bar and Presidential seal. Sachs’s work is crafted from a wide range of materials such as plywood, foamcore, batteries, duct tape, wires, hot glue, and solder.
Here is the video we made with Tom and Satan Ceramics this month: