A collaboration by the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, and Artists of Bottle Works Arts on 3rd Avenue
This exhibition originated at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Johnstown, along with student work. Students at seven Cambria County schools were asked to listen to Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and then create a work of art in response to the music’s promenade. Artists at Bottle Works were then asked to listen to the same music and create a work of art in response to each of the ten movements. The resulting artwork is the visual interpretation of that music.
This art then rejoined the music as it was projected above the stage during the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Pictures at an Exhibition at the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on May 12.
Mussorgsky’s inspiration to write the music was in reaction to the artwork of Viktor Hartmann. That in turn played some role in influencing these artists, as Mussorgsky’s subject matter was translated through his music.
Bottle Works enjoys this opportunity to collaborate with Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art and Johnstown Symphony Orchestra. The music emanated from the artists’ studios as they immersed themselves into each melodic phrase. During this time, Bottle Works’ inaugural class of Arts Academy was in session, and those students were inspired in particular by one of the movements they heard. So they created a collaborative piece to the movement Tuileries. It hangs in this exhibition as one of the ten.