19novallday07janalldayReverberations: Sound Sculptures by Harry BertoiaEXHIBITION


Exploring the relationship between form and sound, sculptor Harry Bertoia spent more than a decade creating innovative works of art that are also musical instruments. This exhibition included a number of Bertoia’s sound sculptures that composer Doug Ovens played on November 4 and 5 at the Allentown Symphony Orchestra premiere of his work, Visible Music. This newly commissioned composition was featured in the exhibition as well.

The exhibition program at the Museum is supported through the generosity of the Harry C. Trexler Trust, Julius and Katheryn Hommer Foundation, The Century Fund, Bernard and Audrey Berman Foundation, Leon C. and June W. Holt Endowment, Martin Guitar Charitable Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and Friends of the Museum.

Museum Auxiliary visits Bertoia Studio, hears Harry’s works sound off

Our Museum Auxiliary visited Bertoia Studio in Bally, PA, on April 7, 2016, and were treated to a tour by Val Bertoia, who keeps the legacy and the sounds of his father Harry’s work alive. Click on the three images below to hear and see Val explain how different sounds can be coaxed from a Bertoia gong and Val play two airborne sculptures, and to hear a snippet from the concert the group enjoyed of Harry’s works in the Bertoia Barn. The Museum has three Bertoia sounding sculptures on permanent display in Trexler Gallery.