Site-specific installation and performance by Martha McDonald and Laura Baird at WheatonArts, Millville, NJ, April 22, 2019. Featuring glass instruments made with the WheatonArts glass artists, Phantom Frequencies riffs off Wheaton's origins in the 1970s as a fake Victorian village. Sited in the lobby of the Museum of American Glass--a simulated Victorian parlor--the piece channels the spirit of parlor music played by amateurs in their living rooms during the 19th century. McDonald and Baird designed instruments inspired by historic glass objects in Wheaton's collection and composed an original score for them: Window-glass rondels become gongs; garden cloches turn into bells; pharmacy vials transform a hoop skirt into wind chimes; and glass whimsies inspire fantastical horns. The performance explore the myriad ways glass can speak in a dialogue between the ghosts of Wheaton's past and the glass of some imagined future.
Phantom Frequencies is part of Emanation 2019, curated by Julie Courtney and featuring Jesse Krimes, Tristin Lowe, Karyn Olivier, Richard Torchia, Allan Wexler and Jo Yarrington. April 2 - December 31, 2019