Apr 21
—Aug 14, 2016

Tom Sachs: Boombox Retrospective, 1999–2016

Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11238


Long before the days of smartphones and mp3 players there were boom boxes—large, portable cassette players with AM/FM stereos, enormous speakers and a carrying handle. For children of the 1970s and ‘80s, there were few other ways to take your music with you, though carrying one of these monsters on your shoulder no doubt caused back problems later in life. The Brooklyn Museum celebrates these beloved cultural icons—and their influence on street music—through the works of contemporary artist Tom Sachs, who has transformed a pavilion within the museum into a “living sound system” filled with 18 sculptural boom boxes. Sachs uses a number of everyday items like batteries, duct tape and hot glue to create his masterpieces, which will actually play music, providing a proper audiovisual experience to visitors. For more information, visit brooklynmuseum.org.

Photo: Genevieve Hanson



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