Tuning Calder’s Clouds is a series of interdisciplinary conversations with experts from acoustics, art, architecture, and music that explores the historic and contemporary resonances of the Aula Magna—the iconic hall at the heart of the Central University of Venezuela in Caracas—in which Alexander Calder’s Acoustic Ceiling (1953) is suspended.
The bilingual publication, Tuning Calder’s Clouds, edited by Vic Brooks, Dr. Jennifer Burris, and Mariana Fernández will be published in 2024 in a collaboration between EMPAC at Rensselaer, the Calder Foundation, and Athénée Press. It is the first book to explore the artistic, technological, and political intersections of Alexander Calder’s sculptural Acoustic Ceiling and includes contributions by Inés Arango Guingue, Dr. Lisa Blackmore, Jonas Braasch, Mirtru Escalona-Mijares, María Fernanda Jaua, Johannes Goebel, Carlos Gómez de Llarena, Sylvia Hernández de Lasala, Dr. Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti, Aimon Mata, Ana Navas, Rafael Pereira Escalona, Dr. Juan Pérez Hernández, Alexander S.C. Rower, Gryphon Rue, and Rafael Santana.
Main Image: Alexander Calder’s Acoustic Ceiling (1953) in the Aula Magna, Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas. Photo: Vic Brooks/EMPAC.