About This Publication

Published on the occasion of the opening of the exhibition Soundtracks, this is the museum’s first digital exhibition catalogue. Its contents will evolve over the course of the exhibition, with an expanded version—featuring video and audio documentation of works on view, artist interviews, and other multimedia content—launching in early fall 2017.


Exhibiting Sound

Rudolf Frieling and Tanya Zimbardo on the exhibition as a medium for the presentation of sound-based art


“Unruly from the Get-Go”: Sound, Audience, and Space

Dena Beard and Frank Smigiel discuss the disruptive power of sound in spaces for art


Room Tone

Artist Brandon LaBelle presents an “experiment in acoustical imagination” that explores sound, architecture, and community

This digital catalogue is published by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art on the occasion of the exhibition Soundtracks, co-curated by Rudolf Frieling and Tanya Zimbardo, held at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art from July 15, 2017, to January 1, 2018.

Support for Soundtracks is provided by the French American Cultural Society and the Office for Contemporary Art Norway.

Office for Contemporary Art Norway

Copyright © 2017 by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third Street, San Francisco, California, 94103. All rights reserved. This digital publication may not be reproduced, in whole or in part, including illustrations, in any form (beyond that copying permitted by Sections 107 and 108 of the U.S. Copyright Law and except by reviewers for the public press), without written permission from the publishers.

Texts by Brandon LaBelle and Room Tone participants from Room Tone © 2015 Brandon LaBelle. Reprinted by permission of the author.

“Conversation: On Performing Live Personal Soundtrack” © Machine Project. Reprinted by permission.

Head of Publications: Kari Dahlgren
Editor: Jennifer Knox White
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