Tracing Lace

A collection of original audio stories with music created by artists Janani Balasubramanian and James Harrison Monaco. Each story refracts the core research considerations of this exhibition in unique and unexpected ways. Click the play button below each image.

First Floor

Second Floor

Third Floor

James Harrison Monaco tells stories with music. He considers this one of the oldest art forms in the world, and he’s always looking for new and innovative ways to do it. He’s obsessed with stories of travel, immigration, translation, quiet violence, quiet grace, global loneliness, and time. He’s also a translator (Spanish and Italian), a music composer, and he writes fiction and non-fiction. His works have been presented at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center (where he is a New Writer in Residence), MASS MoCA, and many others. He is one half of the music-storytelling duo Jerome & James.

Janani Balasubramanian
is a multimedia artist, working across installation, image, live and immersive performance, emerging media, poetry, and prose. Janani’s practice aims to bring insights from contemporary science into useable, playful, divine, and mythic places in everyday life. Janani is an artist-in-residence in the brown dwarf astrophysics group at the American Museum of Natural History; 2021-2022 Pew Foundation grantee through the Academy of Natural Sciences; 2021–2022 Collider fellow at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; 2021 NYFA Fellow in Fiction; 2021–2022 Sundance Institute Art of Practice Fellow; and member of the Guild of Future Architects.