Hitoshi Nomura first began using photography in the late 1960s to document his sculptural works about the effects of nature and time. By constructing towers out of cardboard that would inevitably collapse under their own weight and by leaving dry ice to evaporate on a measured surface, he recorded forms as they transformed, thereby making manifest invisible concepts such as gravity and time through photography. For his ‘moon’ score series, Nomura photographed the moon using 35mm film on a semi-regular basis from December 1975 to December 2013. Through double exposure, he imposed a musical staff over the image, making the moon appear as a musical note. Exhibited in series, these images can be read as musical scores, and in fact have been interpreted by orchestras. The inevitable variations in the position of the moon, conveys a temporality that can be experienced both visually and aurally.

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Nomura Hitoshi, Japanese, born 1945
'moon' score, December 19, 1975
1975, printed c. 1995
Gelatin silver print
Image: 37 7/8 × 39 3/8 in. (96.2 × 100 cm) Frame (outer): 45 5/16 × 48 7/16 × 1 1/2 in. (115.1 × 123 × 3.8 cm)
Credit Line

Museum purchase funded by the Caroline Wiess Law Accessions Endowment Fund

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number

The artist; [Fergus McCaffrey Fine Art, Inc., New York]; purchased by MFAH, 2014.