The second live performance installment of the Aldrich Box, a year-long traveling exhibition, is Transonic Homes, a solo musical performance by musician, composer, and collaborator Laura Ortman (White Mountain Apache).
Ortman describes the performance, “from the rosined-out beast of tough stained violin emerges deranged crumpled wings twirling in starlight and oil slickness and shininess; bearing heavy use of amplification and effects, she also incorporates over-rosining to add smoke, dust, wind and slow-motion grittiness in her scored / improvised compositions for amplified violin, Apache violin, whistles, tree branches, slides, guitar picks, bells, field recordings, and tuning fork.”
The performance will take place outdoors in the Museum’s Sculpture Garden on Saturday, September 23rd at 7pm, weather permitting.
Laura Ortman creates across multiple platforms, including recorded albums, live performances, and filmic and artistic soundtracks. An inquisitive and exquisite violinist, Ortman is versed in Apache violin, piano, electric guitar, keyboards, and amplified violin, often sings through a megaphone, and is a producer of capacious field recordings. Ortman has performed at The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Guggenheim, and The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, Artists Space, Venice Biennale, The Stone residency, The New Museum, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, The Toronto Biennial, and the Centre Pompidou, Paris, among countless established and DIY venues in the US, Canada, and Europe.
The Aldrich Box is organized by Chief Curator Amy Smith-Stewart and Education Director Namulen Bayarsaihan. Ortman’s Aldrich Box: Transonic Homes is on view and available for loan from the Museum’s Front Desk through December 31, 2023. More information here.
Top image: Laura Ortman, My Soul Remainer, 2017, (video still). TIME BASED MEDIA. Baltimore Museum of Art, Purchase with exchange funds from the Pearlstone Family Fund and partial gift of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.