Opening Celebration: Sonic Presence (or Absence): Sound in Contemporary Art

June 22, 2023
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

A long sculptural drum features a plant emerging from its end. Against the wall are upright speakers and a listening station.
Raúl Romero. “Music for Plants, by Plants,” 2018. Subsonic frequencies, found speakers, burlap, drum hardware, wood, soil, Yucca gigantea, vinyl record of plant generated sound compositions. Dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

Be among the first to experience Sonic Presence (or Absence): Sound in Contemporary Art.

Featuring 22 artists who explore and engage with sound, this exhibition invites visitors to explore the resonant themes of sound in visual arts, be it implied, imagined, absent, or realized.

Encounter works across a range of media by the following artists: Terry Adkins, Janine Antoni, Moe Brooker, Nick Cave, Lenka Clayton, Kevin Cooley, Peter Edwards, Guillermo Galindo, Ann Hamilton, Christine Sun Kim, Phillip Andrew Lewis, Glenn Ligon, Thomas Mader, Jason Moran, Robert Morris, Stephen Petronio, Raúl Romero, Yinka Shonibare, Patrick Siler, Kiki Smith, Lenore Tawney, and Mika Tajima.

Light refreshments will be served.

Event Information

June 22, 2023
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

The Fabric Workshop and Museum
1214 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

FREE | Advance reservations encouraged



Generous support for this project provided by Art Bridges.

Major support of FWM is provided by the Marion Boulton “Kippy” Stroud Foundation. FWM receives state art funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support is provided by Agnes Gund and the Board of Directors and Members of The Fabric Workshop and Museum.