Art @ The Max In partnership with Essay'd and the Applebaum Family Foundation

Throughout the 2018-2019 Season, guests of all events at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center are welcome to view the works on display at Art @ The Max. The exhibition is made possible with generous support from the Applebaum Family Foundation.

“Activating quiet spaces within the Music Center with great works of art allows the musical energy to flow out of the hall through the building and into the streets, allowing new people to experience this fusion,” says Pamela Applebaum, President of Arbor Investments Group, LLC and member of the DSO Board of Directors. “This is an important and wonderful combination.”

Featuring the work of Detroit artists Jetshri Bhadviya, Sophie Eisner, Ed Fraga, Susan Goethal Campbell, Megan Heeres, Kate Levy, George Rahme, Kathleen Rashid, and Clinton Snider, Art @ The Max IV premiered September 26th with an opening reception.

DSO musicians Joe Becker and Andrés Pichardo-Rosenthal (percussion), and David Ledoux (cello) performed an original piece inspired by one of the works on display, Megan Heeres’ Blue is the light that got lost—a major installation designed specifically for The Max.

Patrons listen to DSO musicians performing and discuss the art on display

In Blue is the light that got lost, a constellation of handmade paper panels, evoking natural phenomena such as waves or clouds, are set in motion by human presence -aided by Arduino driven motors. The result is a dynamic system where viewers are affected by the installation, and the installation is affected by the viewers' presence.

"My work is interactive and can depend on the audience's own bodily awareness," says Heeres. "When you add performance elements it can force a moment where people become aware of their own breath, their own rhythm, and become contemplative. When I'm in the studio I'm always listening to music. Music taps into a different part of my brain, my creativity, and I think it does that for other people. It's emotive, bodily, sensorial, in ways that visual art isn't always on its own. When you marry those two: beautiful things can happen."

Art @ The Max artist Megan Heeres in her Detroit studio.

Heeres holding Phragmites australis, an invasive species reed she uses in paper-making.

Soaking of Kozo tree fibers. One of the first steps in processing the fibers to create the paper used for Blue is the light that got lost.

Strings hang from the ceiling of Heeres' studio that she uses to dry large pieces of paper after fibers are pulped and formed into sheets.

"It's really exciting to be exhibiting at the DSO," says Heeres. "More orchestras should be thinking about the intersection between the visual and the auditory. It's wonderful to have access to the diverse audience the space will provide."

"The general theme of the current show is the interrelation between the self, society, and the environment," says curator Steve Panton. "For example, on the first floor, Susan Goethel Campbell's striking installation of panels from her Heatscape series alludes to the phenomena of urban climates, where the physical design and energy usage of the city creates its own environment relative to the surrounding rural areas."

Top: Art @ The Max curator Steve Panton leads a tour through the exhibition and discusses Jetshri Bhadviya's The Emancipation. Bottom: Bhadviya with her work.

Art @ The Max presents two different exhibitions throughout the season with the current show on view through December 23, 2018. Work can be found on each level of the William Davidson Atrium and printed exhibition guides are available.

The DSO will host open gallery days on Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., during which the public will be able to view the Art @ The Max exhibition free of charge, without a ticket to an event at The Max. Both gallery days will feature tours by Steve Panton and opportunities to meet the artists.

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