There is currently an array of museums who have exhibitions dedicated to music and musical icons: New York’s Jewish Museum, Mass MOCA, the Met, and even IFEMA — Feria de Madrid. All four imagine the relationship between audio and visual art and stress the powerful influence of music in our lives.
In New York’s Jewish Museum, the exhibit “Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything” explores the legacy of the late musician, novelist, and poet through the work of contemporary artists and musicians, like Kara Blake and Sufjan Stevens. If you are feeling especially optimistic, go into the exhibit’s “Depression Chamber” — a darkened, single-person room where Cohen’s “Famous Blue Raincoat” plays as you lie down for a multi-media performance created by Ari Folman. A few blocks away, at the Met Breuer, the museum has commissioned its first sound-based installation with the premiere of “Oliver Beer: Vessel Orchestra.” The exhibit transforms historical artifacts into musical instruments for a series of live performances. Over in North Adams, Massachusetts, “Annie Lennox: Now I Let You Go,” features an 8-foot high and 65-foot long mound of dirt full of her belongings as a nod to mortality and what we leave behind. Mass MOCA describes the show as “part material diary, part art installation, and utterly human.” And in Campo de las Naciones, at Ifema — Feria de Madrid, experience a multi-sensory history and cultural lesson on one of the most iconic rock bands at the “Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains” (no psychedelics needed).