The Music That Makes Us Exhibition and Music Festival

In collaboration with Amanda Leigh Evans, Anke Schuettler, Lauren Moran, Emma Colburn, Harrell Fletcher, Kim Sutherland, Emily Fitzgerald, and Renee Sills.     

With participation from Zahra Ahmed, De La Salle North Catholic High School Choir, Dorian Neira and Daniel “D.J. Max” Lasuncet, Austin Green, Robin Gordon and the Celebration Tabernacle Ministry of Music, Kenton Brass, Kenton Church Choir, Shirley Meador, The Obo Addy Legacy Project, Peninsula School in collaboration with Caldera, Heather Perkins, André Roberson, Lisa Schonberg, Norman Sylvester, and The World Famous Kenton Club.     

Presented by DISJECTA.

The Music That Makes Us was an exhibition organized by the Art and Social Practice MFA Program in collaboration with musically-inclined partners from Kenton, the neighborhood surrounding Disjecta. A cross-section of community members were invited to expand their musical practice and collaborate on an installation of ephemera that explores the broad range of musical experiences in the neighborhood. Throughout the exhibition there were programmed events, including temporary rehearsal space, music lessons, and a guided audio tour exploring public space through personal histories. The project culminated with a closing barbecue catered by the neighborhood butcher and a festival of performances by the musicians featured in the exhibition, ranging from local church and school choirs to bands and individual artists. The Music That Makes Us investigated a neighborhood through its music, and emphasized the value of diverse musical expression within a community.

This exhibition was part of the Season 5 Curator-in-Residence program at Disjecta, Sound is Matter, curated by Chiara Giovando. Exhibition design in collaboration with Neil Doshi.