We’re all ears for the Museum of Modern Art’s first major exhibition of sound art, Soundings: A Contemporary Score. Sixteen contemporary artists present work that ranges from field recordings—of echolocating bats, abandoned buildings in Chernobyl and a sugar factory in Taiwan—to visualizations of inaudible sounds. Aug. 10 to Nov. 3, http://www.moma.org.
And what could be more “surround sound” than an outdoor musical? On July 23, the Public Theater’s venerable Shakespeare in the Park series premieres a musical version of Love’s Labours Lost written by the creators of the hit rock musical “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.” Sexy and irreverent, it promises to be the perfect summer rom-com. Through Aug. 18, http://www.shakespeareinthepark.org.
For a different kind of sensory experience, visit the Guggenheim, where James Turrell’s massive light installation—one of the biggest of his career—transforms Frank Lloyd Wright’s rotunda into an otherworldly “architecture of space created with light.” An artistic visionary and brilliant technician, Turrell is legendary for his Roden Crater Project, an extinct volcano in Arizona that, when complete, will house nearly two dozen of his installations. Through Sept. 25, http://www.guggenheim.org