Black Light/White Noise: Sound and Light in Contemporary Art documents the first comprehensive review of contemporary black artists working with sound and light, building on a longstanding tradition of artistic experimentation through the work of 16 diverse artists.
The featured artists in the exhibition include Sanford Biggers, Louis Cameron, Kianga Ford, Kira Lynn Harris, Sach Hoyt, Arthur Jafa, Jennie C. Jones, Yvette Mattern, Camille Norment, Kambui Olujimi, Karyn Olivier, Nadine Robinson, and SoundLab (Beth Coleman and Howard Goldkrand). The exhibition also features select canonical works by George Lewis (in collaboration with Douglas Ewart and Douglas Irving Repetto), Tom Lloyd, and Benjamin Patterson that place these 21st-century sound and light works in context with the history of the genre.
The publication includes essays by Valerie Cassel Oliver, curator of the exhibition; Romi Crawford, director of education and public programs at the Studio Museum of Harlem; and Greg Tate, composer, musician, playwright, and contributor to The Village Voice. The catalogue published by Contemporary Arts Museum Houston contains extensive photographic and audio documentation on each light and sound installation, a DVD with reproductions of the non- static work, as well as biographical and bibliographical information on each artist.