November 21, 2017
Lyman Allyn Art Museum
Press Contact: Rebecca Marsie, Communications Associate
860.443.2545 x2112 / [email protected]

The Intersection of Art and Music

New London – The Lyman Allyn Art Museum is pleased to announce the opening of On Another Note: The Intersection of Art and Music. This exhibition, curated by Alva Greenberg, features more than 40 works of art inspired by music, ranging from paintings and photographs to assemblage, glass, sculpture and video. The exhibition will be on view December 2, 2017 – March 11, 2018.

Music has become a constant companion in people’s daily lives. There is no escaping it. In elevators, in waiting rooms, in restaurants, and through ear buds, everyone’s lives are lived with a sound track as background noise. Visual artists are no different, as it is not unusual for them to have music playing in their studios as they create. Some artists have embraced the challenge of making it the core of their creative process by turning music into visual manifestations.

Each artist in the exhibition has a different way of incorporating music into their art. For some the approach is as direct as transposing a specific piece of music into an artwork or an instrument into a sculpture. It can also be as obtuse as using a natural phenomenon—stars in the sky or the edge of a rock formation—to create notes on a staff. Some involve a composer using pictographic notation to create a musical score or to illustrate a traditional score with an internal form of notation. The variety is as extensive as the mediums presented.

Included in the exhibition are works by Mark Applebaum, Kinan Azmeh/ Kevork Mourad, Jane Benson, Harry Bertoia, John Boone, Luke DuBois, Carlos Estevez, Michael Fairfax, Ana Flores, Charles Gaines, Anita Glesta, Maria Elena Gonzalez, Michael Hamad, Ann Hamilton, Kira Lee, Glenda Leon, Whitfield Lovell, Ellen Priest, Robert Kushner, Kurt Steiger.

Through the artists’ explorations, On Another Note: The Intersection of Art and Music, hopes to broaden the viewer’s perception of how music can inspire the making of art as well as to open them to the vast variety of ways in which it can be made visual.

The opening reception will be on Friday, December 1 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Museum members are free and non-members are $10.  Please RSVP to 860.443.2545 ext. 2129.

A Curator Talk with Alva Greenberg will be held on Wednesday, December 13 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm. Members are $5 and non-members are $10. Please RSVP to 860.443.2545 ext.2129.

For more information on the upcoming Artist Talk by Carlos Estevez and Ana Flores, and the musical performance by Phred and Friends, visit

Check the museum website at and the Museum’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram page for updates and additional programming. Tours of the exhibition are available for groups. To schedule tours, call Director of Education, Caitlin Healy at 860.443.2545 ext. 2110 or e-mail [email protected].

For more information or to request images, please contact Rebecca Marsie at 860.443.2545, ext. 2112 or at [email protected].

About the Lyman Allyn Art Museum
The Lyman Allyn Art Museum welcomes visitors from New London, southeastern Connecticut and all over the world. Established in 1926 by a gift from Harriet Allyn in memory of her seafaring father, the Museum opened the doors of its beautiful neo-classical building surrounded by 12 acres of green space in 1932. Today it presents a number of changing exhibitions each year and houses a fascinating collection of over 17,000 objects from ancient times to the present; artworks from Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe, with particularly strong collections of American paintings, decorative arts and Victorian toys and doll houses.

The museum is located at 625 Williams Street, New London, Connecticut, exit 83 off I-95. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sundays 1:00 – 5:00 pm; closed Mondays and major holidays. For more information call 860.443.2545, ext. 2129 or visit us on Facebook or the web at:

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