A new photography and video exhibition at Vassar College’s James W. Palmer Gallery explores Hudson Valley musician Joseph Bertolozzi’s “Tower Music” project.
“A Photographic Diary of Joseph Bertolozzi's '81 Tower Music/Musique de la Tour" will be on view June 14-July 28. The exhibition features photographs by local artist Franc Palaia and a video by Joseph Redwood Martinez '11, who documented Hudson Valley musician Bertolozzi’s ambitious project to create music from sounds collected while working and recording at the Eiffel Tower in Paris in 2013.
“A Photographic Diary” follows the project visually. “Bertolozzi procured official visitor passes so we had exclusive and thorough access to all parts of the tower from the very top to the bowels below ground in the restricted access engine room,” says Palaia. This enabled Bertolozzi to collect over 10,000 sounds to compose musical compositions from handrails, benches, stairs, walls, trusses, steel supports and everything in –between. The result is a unique look not only at this ambitious musical project but also a different view of the iconic landmark itself.
The exhibition kicks-off with an opening reception on Tuesday June 14, 4:30-6:30pm. Palaia’s Tower Music book and Bertolozzi’s Tower Music CD will be available for purchase and signing. This event and the exhibition itself are free and open to the public.
The Palmer Gallery is open Monday-Friday from 11 am -4pm, but calling ahead to the Office of Campus Activities is recommended. The gallery is closed on Saturday and Sunday.
ABOUT THE JAMES W. PALMER III GALLERY
Situated between the North Atrium and the Retreat cafeteria, the James W. Palmer III Gallery is at the heart of the College Center addition to Vassar’s Main Building. Constructed in 1996, the gallery was named and endowed by the Palmer family in 2000 in memory of their son James, a member of the class of 1990. Serving as an exhibition space for artwork created within and beyond the Vassar community, the gallery displays art of diverse mediums, themes, and origins.
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