Los Angeles

Stephan Von Huene

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Stephan Von Huene’s exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum consists of four pieces placed in one corner of the Museum’s recently reinstalled Contemporary Art section, which now occupies most of the Museum’s top floor. At the time of writing, however, only two pieces were in place, Kaleidophonic Dog and Rosebud Annunciator. These two, plus Washboard Band and The Tap Dancer comprised the show.

Since the mid-sixties, Von Huene has been experimenting with music and musical systems which have, in his present exhibition, been built into his sculpture at the expense of “unique” form. All the objects move and produce music, operated and controlled by vacuum and pressure computer systems not unlike those that operate player pianos and band organs. Von Huene’s research into this earlier technology has been profitable, and one must respect him for producing mechanisms that perform as they are

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