Sound builds and shapes our environment, influencing everything from the organisms we recognize to the non-biological objects we handle, and the artifacts we create. Soundscapes explores the sounds we use — both deliberately and unconsciously — to connect ourselves to the people around us. How did ancient cultures communicate? How have new forms of noise changed the way we interact? How does excessive sound affect our environment and our sense of self? From Mesoamerican clay whistles to work by contemporary artists such as Charles Clough, this group exhibition roams through history to ask us how people have created sound in the past and how we experience sound now.
Soundscapes is curated by Chelsea Adams, a PhD student in English studying music and cultural performance in African American literature. She runs the Blues and Jazz Dance Book Club, an international online project that makes the history of blues, jazz, and black vernacular dance easily accessible to everyone. To learn more about Chelsea and her work, visit cjuneadams.com.
The Barrick Museum of Art’s West Gallery is a community resource. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to design and propose small exhibitions from the Museum’s collection as part of an interdisciplinary learning experience.
Barbicon (1993) by Charles Cough; enamel on Masonite. The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty Sates at the UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art. (Checko Salgado/Focalchrome)