Local DJs lend ambiance to multimedia art series

The Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston kicks off a new summer series tonight with the first of three free music sessions.

Ambient Sounds will showcase electronica music from local musicians Rotten Piece, TEF, Crawling Iris, Carlos Pozo and Werewolf Jerusalem. The unconventional artists’ performances accompany the museums’ exhibition, Black Light/White Noise.

On view through Aug. 14, the exhibition focuses on black artists who experiment with sound and light in their work, and includes pieces from 16 artists.

"As prolific as the use of sound and light in art has been over the past 80 years, we have rarely viewed this practice from a non-European perspective, and we know little about the many sound and light artists who come from diverse racial and cultural backgrounds," exhibition curator Valerie Cassel Oliver said in a release. "The expansion of the sound and light genre through a younger generation of black artists is remarkable, but has never been explored in depth. Black Light/White Noise reflects the innovation of these 16 artists working within this tradition."

The pieces of Black Light/White Noise range from sculpture to interactive installations to performance art. The exhibition highlights not only the media of light and sound, but the impact black artists have had on the genre.

Following tonight’s event, Ambient Sounds will again pair musicians with the exhibition on July 12, with the music of David Dove and friends, and July 26, with DJ Sun and Scott Ayers.

If you’re craving more music, head back to CAMH tomorrow night for Steel Lounge Underground. DJ Cuba Gooding Jr., Miss Teak and Danle head the event, which takes place the last Friday of every month. Take advantage of the opportunity to hear lesser-known local music and get $2 beer.

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