Do you ever hear or see something and wonder how it could be perceived differently? If you appreciate the subtle and not so subtle effects of music, marvel at the sound of birds and wonder how that sound would look, think about how colors relate to smell, how smells relate to memory and how tactile sensations can contribute to an experience, then this exhibition is for you.
When I think of the arts, I usually imagine a painting, sculpture or photograph, a concert, film or a theatrical performance. What all of these experiences have in common is that they engage our senses, sometimes one or two at a time – such as with theater and film.
The current exhibition at Cooper Hewitt, the Smithsonian Design Museum, Senses: Design Beyond Vision explores all of that, and more. It’s a one-of-a-kind exhibition that not only answers the questions, but hopefully inspires more questions, and best yet: it can provide an insight and an additional insight into future experiences and allow us to imagine how music would look, how a color might smell, how sound could feel.
A great outing for families and people of all ages, it will inspire awe, provoke wonder and satisfy curiosity.
Senses: Design Beyond Vision is at the Cooper Hewitt through October 28, 2018. More at cooperhewitt.org.