The Berman Museum of Art will present a selection of sound sculptures from the permanent collection, centered around the work of artist Harry Bertoia.

Harry Bertoia (1915 – 1978) was a printmaker, sculptor, and designer, well known for his “sonambient” or tonal sounding sculptures. The common metals used for these works were steel, copper, and brass, which were then capped with cylinders or drops of metal. These features, by their weight, influence the swaying of the tonal rods and the tenor of sound they emit. This show will include highlights from the collection, such as Bertoia’s Weeping Willow and Sonambient, as well as sound sculptures by his student Winnie Brueggemann.

Also accompanying the installation will be samples of Bertoia’s sound recordings. In the late 1950’s, he began creating long-form, improvised pieces of music utilizing pure acoustic tones evoked from his sound sculptures. In a renovated barn on his property in Pennsylvania, Bertoia curated a harmonious selection of his sculptures and gongs, which he often recording using 4 overhead microphones and a 1/4” tape recorder. This special inclusion from the collection’s archives will add a sensory element to the experience.

This exhibition is curated by Berman intern and Kutztown graduate Shannon Hahn.


All Berman exhibitions are free and open to the public.