The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum opened a thought-
International Archives 1st half of 2017
Listen Hear features ten installations of sound art—eight designed to be experienced inside the Museum. Two others are off-
“These works are very diverse and reflect a growing and nuanced field. They are designed to inspire the public to listen and to become more aware of how sound affects us,” said Pieranna Cavalchini, the Museum’s Tom and Lisa Blumenthal Curator of Contemporary Art. “In this exhibition, we are exploring different modes of listening in interior and exterior spaces. Different techniques delve into acoustic mapping and real-
Listen Hear features works by a dozen emerging and established artists and architects who approach the art of sound from various perspectives: visual arts, architecture, landscape, design, and music. Installations can be found throughout the Museum in the Tapestry Room, Dutch Gallery, Fenway Gallery, Courtyard, Hostetter Gallery and Calderwood Hall. The concepts range from sounds that were once heard at the Museum in the early years to the imagined sounds that might emerge from the empty frame that once held The Concert, by Vermeer, which was stolen in 1990. In the historic interior Courtyard, there is a subtle soundscape of insects and amphibian night calls, all of which are created by artist’s own voice. In Calderwood Hall, visitors can hear sounds and music recorded in branches of the Boston Public Library, city parks, and post offices.
In addition to installations at the Museum, there are site-
In addition to the public art installations, the Museum worked in partnership with Elisa Hamilton and community organizations in Roxbury and Mission Hill to produce a collaborative “Sound Lab” project, creating an interactive, community listening experience in Calderwood Hall during the first week of the exhibition.
Among the artists participating from all over the world are: Philip Beesley, Toronto; Moritz Fehr, Berlin; David Grubbs, New York City; Elisa Hamilton, Arlington, MA; Ernst Karel, Boston; Lee Mingwei, Paris; Helen Mirra, San Francisco; O & A, (Bruce Odland, Hudson, NY and Sam Auinger, Berlin); Philippe Rahm, Paris; Teri Rueb, Buffalo, NY; and Su-
View of Philip Beesley, Sentient Veil, Listen Hear: The Art of Sound, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, 2017
Exhibition 8 March -
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