James Foster, director of the Academy from 1963 to 1982, says he acquired Harry Bertoia’s “Sounding Sculpture” so the museum would have something that people are SUPPOSED to touch. And sure enough, everytime I pass through Gallery 27, I can hear the sculpture’s tines jangling—someone is interacting with art. And after more than 30 years, Bertoia’s work still has the power to turn Foster and Academy trustee Duane Preble into delighted little boys. Give it a whirl—see how art can turn back the clock to the days when everything filled you with a sense of wonder. “Sounding Sculpture” is on view in “Decades of Abstraction” through October. Happy New Year!