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Resonant Spaces

September 15, 2017, through December 10, 2017
Julianne Swartz, Loop (detail), 2010–11, speakers, wire, electronics, 8-channel soundtrack. Photo by Andres Ramirez.

Julianne Swartz, Loop (detail), 2010–11, speakers, wire, electronics, 8-channel soundtrack. Photo by Andres Ramirez.

In the first-ever installation of sound art on Dartmouth's campus, produced in collaboration with guest-curator faculty member Spencer Topel, the Hood Museum of Art will showcase the work of emerging and established international artists with diverse aesthetic and cultural backgrounds. Seven site-specific and sound-based commissions will guide visitors across the Dartmouth campus and into the town of Hanover. Hood Downtown will feature a multimedia display introducing the exhibition and artists, as well as selected works from conceptual artist Terry Adkins (1953-2014). Artists creating new installations for the show include Bill Fontana, Christine Sun Kim, Jacob Kirkegaard, Alvin Lucier, Laura Maes, and Julianne Swartz.

As diverse a medium as bronze or oil paint, sound can be recorded from the environment or produced from an object, sculpture, instrument, or living being. It can be responsive to installed spaces or autonomous, continuous or intermittent, loud or soft. Artists were invited in part for the compelling ways they use sound through conceptual, visual, and architectural contexts. Resonant Spaces alters locations in Hanover by encouraging visitors to experience the world transformed through sound. 

This exhibition was organized by the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, and generously supported by the George O. Southwick 1957 Memorial Fund and the Eleanor Smith Fund.
Curated by Spencer Topel, Assistant Professor of Music / Amelia Kahl, Associate Curator of Academic Programming

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