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Experiments in Sonic Potential: Theresa Wong

Thursday, Oct 17, 2019 | 7pm

ADMISSION: Free with Museum admission

Musicians from the Bay Area’s rich improvisational jazz scene perform live music in conversation with Annabeth Rosen’s ceramic sculptures. Experiments in Sonic Potential was developed in partnership with the Center for New Music.

About the Musician
Theresa Wong

Theresa Wong is a San Francisco–based composer, cellist, and vocalist whose multi-disciplinary work has been presented throughout the United States and internationally. Her works include The Unlearning (Tzadik), twenty-one songs for violin, cello, and two voices inspired by Goya's Disasters of War etchings; O Sleep, an improvised opera for an eight-member ensemble exploring the conundrum of sleep and dream life; and Venice Is A Fish, a collection of solo songs. Wong's commissioned pieces include works for Vajra Voices, Splinter Reeds, Del Sol String Quartet, and pianist Sarah Cahill. She also collaborates with many solo artists, including Fred Frith, Ellen Fullman, Luciano Chessa, Annie Lewandowski, Chris Brown, and filmmaker Daria Martin. In 2018, she founded fo'c'sle, a record label dedicated to adventurous music from the Bay Area and beyond. Learn more about Wong’s work at and

about the exhibition

Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped is the first major survey of Annabeth Rosen (b. 1957 Brooklyn, NY), Robert Arneson Chair at UC Davis, and 2018 Guggenheim Fellow.

For over two decades, Rosen has interrogated the medium of ceramics in the context of contemporary art. Featuring ceramics and works on paper from over twenty years, this groundbreaking exhibition examines how Rosen’s work radically defies the limits of her primary medium, pushing it beyond spectacle and into conversations about contemporary painting, feminist theory, endurance-based performance, and conceptual art.

Sculpture composed of many colorful fragments of ceramics, bound together.

Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped (installation view), at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 2017. Photo by Annabeth Rosen. Courtesy the artist.


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Public Programs at The CJM are made possible thanks to generous support from Grants for the Arts and the Walter & Elise Haas Fund.