Landmarks announced the launch of Listening with Landmarks, a digital initiative featuring playlists curated by prominent musicians, composers, radio personalities, and others from the Austin music scene. Inspired by and in response to works from the Landmarks collection, the playlists cut across musical genres to include classical, Tejano, rock, reggae and country music. Starting today, two playlists per month will be released and available on Landmarks’ website, social media channels, and on Spotify. Celebrated singer-songwriter Jackie Venson launches the program with a playlist featuring Massive Attack, Stevie Wonder and others, in response to Landmarks’ works by Louise Bourgeois and Magdalena Abakanowicz.
For centuries, art has served as a source of inspiration for musicians. Exploring this synergy and tapping in to Austin’s love of music, Listening with Landmarks will provide new points of entry for engaging with the university’s public art collection and offer insight into the musical stylings and tastes of Austin music notables, including (in alphabetical order): John Aielli — Emilio Alvarez — Peter Bay — Stephanie Bergara — Molly Burch — Liz Cass — Morgan Davis — Gavin Garcia — Nick Gregg — Matthew Hinsley — Hovvdy — David Hunter —Tameca Jones — Walker Lukens —Steve Parker — Graham Reynolds — Lesly Reynaga — Steve Savage — Sara Schneider — Patrick Slevin — Jackie Venson
Listening with Landmarks builds upon existing Landmarks initiatives designed to engage the music community. In 2015, Landmarks partnered with Texas Performing Arts, the Butler School of Music, and Fusebox Festival to develop Sound in Sculpture, an annual program featuring original music compositions written in response to select works in the collection. Earlier this fall, Landmarks launched Songs in the Skyspace, a new series featuring musical performances inside James Turrell’s Skyspace, The Color Inside. To learn more about these and other Landmarks programs, visit landmarksut.org.
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