Walter Carlos's Switched on Bach. When I took it out of its sleeve to play it, a gallery guide quickly came over to make sure I knew how to operate a record player.
Michael Chabon's crate included Leonard Nimoy & vintage radio versions of Sherlock Holmes. Now that recorded music no longer has a physical embodiment, something like a double album cover feels like a magical object.
Giant Robot, the punk magazine & then retail store promoting Asian American pop culture.
Adrian Tomine, a Hong Kong Phooey lunchbox & a car that was actually a giant video game console.
Rob Sato was a good demonstration of the obsessive practice required to develop artistic skill. My museum companion stumped one of the iPad-carrying gallery guides with his inquiry about 1990s Flash animator Mumbleboy.
§ Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records
SuperAwesome: Art and Giant Robot
Oakland Museum of California
April 19–July 27, 2014