Smithsonian Treasures is an online sound exhibition inspired by the works of the most famous museum network in the world.
Artists all over the world took inspiration from paintings, photographs, scientific specimens, works of literature and even war machines from museum as diverse as the Hirshhorn, the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Air and Space Museum.
The result is a beautiful, diverse exhibition of fascinating sound works from all over the world, which you can explore here: www.citiesandmemory.com/smithsonian
There are some incredible sound pieces in the project – here are just a few examples:
- Artworks by Hopper, Rodin and Eakins reimagined as new sonic compositions;
- Pieces inspired by musicians as diverse as Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Rakim and Charlie Parker;
- Sound stories based on historical figures like Thomas Edison, Benjamin Franklin, Cleopatra and Muhammad Ali;
- Stars of the silver screen like Charlie Chaplin and Rudolph Valentino transformed into sound;
- A “lit EDM banger” inspired by a portrait of Abraham Lincoln;
- Items covering the full range of history from 221BC to 2014 AD!
Selected highlights from the project are also available on a free album, released at the same time as the project: