Wednesday, October 31, 2018

John Morton, Noted Composer, Instrument Builder, and Sound Artist, Brings His Sonic Ingenuity to the Morris Museum

Sound Garden Interactive Installations, Starting November 16th.
I cultivate the unexpected and invite coincidence.” John Morton

John Morton has spent his life immersed in sound. As a composer, his passion is to make musical connections between unintentional events. Simple things like bird song masked by a passing truck, a creak in a floor, or “the very specific envelope of dissolve” made by the slamming of a hot dog cart lid, are among his inspirations. Morton’s sound installations have graced public parks, village greens, pedestrian bridges, historic and industrial sites, libraries, and now the Morris Museum with Sound Garden, starting November 16th and continuing through February 24th in the Main Gallery. Sound Garden consists of two interactive, sound-immersive installations: Fever Songs (2018) by Morton and The Voyage Out (2006-2018), in collaboration with Jacqueline Shatz. John Morton’s work showcases the sonic beauty in the world around our ears. If we’re often advised to “stop and smell the roses,” Morton asks us to stop and listen to them and to all the other auditory splendors that we take for granted or are too busy to hear. He crafts these moments into “sonic events” and weaves them into fluid, expansive, and user-friendly experiences.  

Exhibition Opening
The exhibition Sound Garden: Installations by John Morton and Jacqueline Shatz
opens to the public on Friday, November 16th and runs through Sunday, February 24th
in the Main Gallery of the Morris Museum. Admission is free for Museum members
and $10 for non-members.

To become a member and attend the Museum year-round for free, visit:, email,

About the Morris Museum
Founded in 1913, the Morris Museum is an award-winning, community-based arts
and cultural institution serving the public through its exhibitions in the arts, sciences and humanities.
The Museum is home to the historic and internationally-significant Murtogh D. Guinness
Collection of Mechanical Musical Instruments and Automata. Changing exhibits of contemporary
content also explore the Guinness themes of art, sound, and motion. The adjacent Bickford Theatre
s the museum's 312-seat performing-arts facility, offering unique programming, often related to the
museum's exhibition themes. Continuously serving the public since 1913, the Morris Museum
has a proud tradition of innovative educational programs and family events. The first museum
in New Jersey to be accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, it has been designated
a Major Arts Institution and has received the New Jersey State Council on the Arts’ Citation
of Excellence, among other awards.

The Morris Museum is a Blue Star Museum, offering free admission to active duty military personnel
and their families, from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Location & Hours
The Museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road (at the corner of Columbia Turnpike) in Morristown, NJ, and is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday, 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  In addition, the Museum is open evenings from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on the second and third Thursday of the month. Admission to the Museum is $10 for adults and $7 for children, students and senior citizens. Admission is always free for Museum members. For more information, call (973) 971-3700.

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