“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.
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."