"Graphic Scores" 

October 29th - January, 2024

This exhibition presents, for the first time in Argentina, a selection of works by the Swiss-American artist Christian Marclay (1955), an indispensable figure in the field of visual-sound experimentation. 

Trained in visual arts and sculpture, he began his career as a DJ in New York under the influences of the late '70s punk movement and the '80s performance scene. Throughout his career, he has explored the diverse and multifaceted connections between the visual and sonic universe through collage, film editing, musical composition, and performance. 

His graphic scores, some of which are on display on this occasion, are an emblematic example of this relationship. Marclay's scores differ significantly from traditional ones, as they construct the sonic narrative through elements drawn from popular culture, such as comics and everyday graphics found in magazines, advertisements, menus, packaging, and more. 

Photographing hidden musical figures in unexpected places, as seen in Shuffle, 2007, searching for onomatopoeias in urban debris, as in Zoom Zoom, 2007-2022, or inviting an entire city to complete blank scores attached to the walls of Berlin, as in Graffiti Composition, 1996-2002," are some of the explorations that can be seen here. 

In his collages, assemblages, and notations, sound is suggested, latent, and awaiting invocation. His silent exhibition evokes the occasions when musicians, performers, or singers confront them and build a creative dialogue that explodes into multiple possible interpretations. In Marclay's works, the English homonymy between "play" as in playing and as in musical interpretation is fully embodied in all its significance.

Organized by
Paula Cooper Gallery
Christian Marclay Studio

Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery y Christian Marclay Studio

American Friends of Proa


General coordination
Sofía Reitter
Renzo Longobucco 
Pilar Victorio
Santiago Bengolea

Ananda Rigoni Aller

Ana Clara Giannini
Alba Rodríguez Arranz
Marina Gambier