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December 01, 2015

Students explore connections between music and visual art

museum docent showing paintings to patronsFor the first time as part of the Eastman Colloquium, 135 freshman and transfer students from the Eastman School visited the Memorial Art Gallery to explore connections between music and visual art.

During the two-hour session, Eastman School faculty members Michael Anderson and Rachel Remmel, doctoral student Naomi Gregory, and Nancy Norwood, MAG curator of European Art (pictured), helped students gain an understanding of the intersections and parallels between art and music using the gallery’s resources.

In the Medieval collection, students studied a page from a 15th-century manuscript, learning that they could unlock a great deal of information about a piece of old music.  In the Forman Gallery, they used the portraits and genre painting of people to discuss patronage and artistic practice. In the Modern/Contemporary galleries, they listened to musical responses to several pieces performed by SoundExChange, an ensemble started by Eastman students that explores alternative ways of presenting and creating music. 

The Eastman Colloquium explores the sounds, meanings, and uses of music within a variety of contexts.

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