The Gallery

Every two months, The Gallery showcases the work of a local artist or artists, and gives visitors the chance to get a close-up look at some of the innovative, beautiful and inspiring work created by the talented New England artist community.  Come back often to see what's new.

Showing now through May 24, 2015

“A Curious Symphony”


A Curious Symphony Uses Instruments, Toys, and Sound Making Objects from the Museum’s Collection to Celebrate Music Every culture celebrates life with music. Artist Floor van de Velde explores the Museum’s extensive musical instrument collection to create an installation that gives museumgoers a glimpse into the shapes and sounds of instruments from all corners of the earth.

Rather than representing the instruments in an encyclopedic approach, A Curious Symphony celebrates the universal language of music as told through the diversity, imagination, and ingenuity of the builders and players of the Museum’s fine collection of curious sound objects. Visitors can interact with the sight and sounds of the Museum’s collection through custom-made listening booths, sound sculptures, visual material, and musical instrument displays. The Museum’s collection of musical instruments includes a wide variety of objects, from fine instruments to noise makers to animal bells and many unexpected things in between. The items span from Asia, Africa, Polynesia, Australia, England, Mexico, Caribbean, parts of South America, the United States, and several Native tribes in North America.

“We are always excited to showcase collections in new ways. Seeing such a diverse array of objects together really highlights the depth of the Museum’s collection and the variety of hidden treasures we have,” said Museum Collections Manager Rachel Farkas. “Floor has brought new life to these instruments with her installation, introducing many unique pieces to our audience that span place and time, as well as tapping into a sense of nostalgia with some of the more familiar objects included in the displays.”

South African artist Floor van de Velde is an interdisciplinary artist who combines sculpture, sound, photography, and light in a variety of formats, from discrete interventions to room-size installations. Floor completed her masters at the Program in Art, Culture and Technology at MIT and is Co-Provocateur of San Francisco-based art collective Nighthouse Studio. She also teaches at School of the Museum of Fine Arts.

The Gallery Exhibit will run through May 24, 2015. Tours of the show will be given during Fort Point OPEN STUDIOS –– May 15, 16 and 17.

What are we learning?

  • Communication Skills
  • Creativity
  • Observation
  • Visual - Spatial Thinking Skills