Rounded triangular geometric shapes in muted primary colors mounted on to a white ceiling with rounding lights in between.

Tuning Calder’s Clouds

Acoustics, Architecture, Art, and Music of Venezuela's iconic Aula Magna

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.
Cuando los nubes eran las olas / When the clouds were waves by Ana Navas and Mirtru Escalona-Mijares engages these complex legacies in the production of a new work currently in development in EMPAC’s Concert Hall and created for the Acoustic Ceiling at Aula Magna.

Main Image: Alexander Calder’s Acoustic Ceiling (1953) in the Aula Magna, Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas. Photo: Vic Brooks/EMPAC.

Presented By

EMPAC Fall 2021

Friday, November 20, 2020 at 12:30PM

EMPAC Fall 2020

Talk, Work in Progress
Ana Navas in conversation with Vic Brooks
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 6PM

EMPAC Fall 2019

In Conversation
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 6PM

EMPAC Fall 2021

Music/Sound, Talk
Jonas Braasch and Johannes Goebel
Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at 6PM

EMPAC Fall 2021

Lisa Blackmore & Jennifer Burris