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Theodore Roszak
Recording Sound
1932
plaster and oil on wood
32 x 48 x 6 3/4 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum



Combing painting and sculpture, Theodore Roszak embraced the new technology of the time. A little opera stage with costumed performer rests on the nose of a playful crescent moon. The stage's location in the horn of the phonograph's trumpet helps us visualize the sound's miraculous journey from a live performance to its vivid recreation as a recording.