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One Day Performance of Commissioned Work

Composition 21 will inaugurate the new Nasher Museum sculpture garden as part of a public celebration that also coincides with the opening of Cosmic Rhythm Vibrations. Brooklyn-based, Israeli-born artist Naama Tsabar creates an aurally and visually immersive performance, featuring 21 local musicians who identify as women and/or gender nonconforming.

Divided into three bands, individual musicians stand atop their amplifiers, each band playing a separate song. All songs share the same four chords, musical scale, and beats per minute. At one point all three bands play simultaneously and the result is a dense but harmonious musical field. As the songs seep into one another, the musicians form a sculptural composition that complements both the sonic arrangement and the outdoor space.

For visitors, sound becomes physical as they move amongst the musicians standing on their pedestal-like amplifiers. Past Composition works were presented at the Herzliya Museum of Art in Israel, in New Orleans as part of Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, in New York City on the High Line and at Art Basel Miami Beach.

After taking in Composition 21 by Naama Tsabar, join us in the Great Hall for a cash bar and light refreshments to celebrate Cosmic Rhythm Vibrations, an exhibition highlighting works from the Nasher Museum collection that engage visual and musical rhythm. Organized by Trevor Schoonmaker, Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art.

Composition 21 Musicians

Maria Albani
shirlette ammons
Blair Coppage
Haylie Fehl
L. A. Fey
Leo Fitzpatrick
Jen Fuh
Elizabeth Hammond
Laura King
Sus Long
Alison Martlew
H.C. McEntire
Reese McHenry
Sinclair Palmer
Kym Register
Nora Rogers
Sarah Strauss
Kamara Thomas
Mara Thomas
Sarah Ward
Jenny Waters

Songs arranged by: Rose Blanshei, Rosana Caban, and FIELDED
Sound engineer: Katie Lau


Composition 21 by Naama Tsabar is organized by Melissa Gwynn, Exhibitions and Publications Manager, and Trevor Schoonmaker, Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art.

The performance is commissioned by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

Composition 21 is supported by The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family Fund for Exhibitions and is made possible, in part, by Ellen Cassilly, Frank Konhaus and the Cassilhaus Artist-in-Residence Program.

Event Details

Saturday, September 28, 2019
2–3 PM
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Composition 21, Naama Tsabar, Nasher Museum sculpture garden
The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
2001 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States