Marcus Neustetter Artist-in-Residence

Johannesburg-based artist Marcus Neustetter, whose work Chasing Light opens the exhibition African Cosmos: Stellar Arts, will be in residence at the Carlos Museum from Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March 22.  

Neustetter, known for designing large scale public art projects, also creates delicate drawings based on human beings’ connection to nature. His fascination with and study of the illusive qualities of light have led to technology-based installations, photography, and pen and ink drawings. 

While on campus, he will give talks about his work; have a "musical dialogue" with jazz composers and musicians; teach in astronomy, visual arts, and art history classes; and work with Emory students and the public on a number of collaborative artmaking activities that are at once provocative, playful, and process-driven, and that use light as a medium.
Wednesday, March 18
7:30 pm, Reception Hall

International recording duo Yeyi (yay-yee) Adam Rudolph and Ralph M. Jones collaborate with Marcus Neustetter on an evening of musical and artistic improvisation in which the visual and performing artists respond to each other's marks and sounds.  As Neustetter draws intricate abstract images projected on a large screen, Rudolph and Jones respond to the rhythm and emotion of his marks, and Neustetter to their music, to create a dialogue between image and sound.

Renowned jazz performers Rudolph and Jones bring an arsenal of percussion and woodwind instruments to the performance, and a decades long history of improvisation and collaboration.  Their music has been called "a dreamlike flow of elemental sounds and masterful moods," and "music to heal troubled minds and damaged souls."  

“Their music is full of rhythmical vitality and creates a spiritual language of creation that isn't exclusive, but opens the senses to the endlessly deep possibilities of sound.”
                                                           - Jakob Bækgaard, All About Jazz 

Thursday, March 19
4 pm, Emory Planetarium

Enjoy afternoon tea and scones as visiting artist Marcus Neustetter discusses his work 
Chasing Light, which will be projected on the dome of the planetarium for this event. The Emory Planetarium is located in the Math and Science Center at 400 Dowman Drive.

Thursday, March 19
5 pm, Reception Hall
Workshop for Teachers

Working with Neustetter, teachers will experiment with several art-making activities with light as a medium  that may be used in the classroom to spark imagination. 

Fee: $7 for Carlos Museum members; $12 for non-members. Registration is required by contacting Julie Green at 

Friday, March 20
7 pm, Reception Hall
Family "Light Experiments"

As the blackout shades come down, and the lights go out, Marcus Neustetter will work with children and families to create a number of "light experiments," from shadow puppets to site installations and projections made from light.  Children under 16 must have an adult companion. Fee: $10 per family for Carlos Museum members; $20 for non-members. Space is limited and registration is required by contacting  Alyson Vuley at 404 727-0519 or

Friday, March 20
9 pm, Emory Quadrangle
"Light Experiments"

Emory students, faculty, and staff, and members of the Atlanta community are invited to participate in a evening of "light experiments," led by artist Marcus Neustetter. Neustetter will lead participants in the creation of multiple collaborative works using light in a variety of forms, from projection to glow sticks, to laser pointers to strung lights. 

Sunday, March 22
4 pm, Emory Planetarium

Marcus Neustetter will end his residency with the presentation of a new work, created during the week-long visit in collaboration with Emory students, faculty, and staff, Museum members, and adults and children from the Atlanta community. 

Neustetter's residency is made possible by the Carlos Museum's Andrew W. Mellon Teaching & Training Fund.