KIA Partners with the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival to bring Steinway & Sons Exhibition

Posted: February 11, 2014

For Immediate Release -

Inside Steinway: Photographs by Christopher Payne

On February 1, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts will open the Inside Steinway exhibition, in partnership with the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival. Featuring 23 large scale photographs, the exhibition offers a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the Steinway & Sons grand pianos, through the lens of New York photographer Christopher Payne.

About Christopher Payne
Photographer Christopher Payne specializes in the documentation of America's vanishing architecture and industrial landscape. Trained as an architect, he is fascinated by how things are purposefully designed and constructed, and how they work. Payne is one of the few artists who has been granted access to the Steinway & Sons piano factory in Astoria, New York and his photographs not only document the year-long process of manufacturing the world-renowned pianos, but they also reveal the deep commitment and finely tuned craftsmanship exemplified by Steinway's long-time employees.

In describing his connection to the Steinway & Sons project, Christopher Payne writes:
"The kind of manufacturing and craftsmanship that happens at One Steinway Place, where people transform raw, messy materials into some of the finest musical instruments in the world, has nearly vanished from the American workplace. This concerns me deeply, not only because I come from a musical family in which such craftsmanship was revered, but because I live at a time when fewer and fewer people make their own music. Steinway is not disappearing, not by any means, but the opportunity to look deep inside it revealed to me one of the supreme and most discerning accomplishments of the human hand and imagination. "
The exhibition is presented in conjunction with the 2014 Gilmore International Keyboard Festival (April 24 - May 10, 2014). It is made possible, in part, through the generosity of Steinway & Sons. Additional support is provided by The Gilmore.