It's the Vision of Silence

If you’ve never heard John Cage's "4'33," stop everything. Stop everything for 4 minutes and 33 seconds exactly and listen to the world around you. While it won't be as cool as watching Cage himself sit at a piano and not play it (while audience members creak their chairs uncomfortably, taking in the sounds of the world around them), it'll still be cool. If you're looking for something a little less Una-bomber-esque than sitting home alone listening to the sounds of silence, Silence and Time at the Dallas Museum of Art may be just your cup of tea... delicious, artsy tea steeped from the works of artists all over the world. The exhibition is inspired by Cage's controversial work and comprises contemporary artists exploring themes of "absence, presence and temporality" through, you know, art. Sculptures by James Lee Byars ("Figure of Death," "Is" and "Eros") provide the centerpiece of the exhibit. If you've ever sat down and had yourself a think about how we experience solitude, reflection and how time passes and is measured, this is the exhibition. Admission is $10. The DMA, 1717 N. Harwood St., is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, with extended hours until 9 p.m. Thursdays. Call 214-922-1803 or visit
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: May 29. Continues through Aug. 28, 2011