The Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art & Design Presents:

On view from October 2 - December 11, 2020

The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at Maine College of Art & Design (MECA&D) is pleased to announce ACOUSTIC RESONANCE, an exhibition focused on the art of sound. Organized in collaboration with the Bob Crewe Program in Art and Music, ACOUSTIC RESONANCE includes the work of 11 artists and presents sound as an artistic medium and tool of transformation in our culture today. The exhibition will be on view from October 2 - December 11, 2020, and is free and open to the public via a timed admission process.

Visual artists, like musicians, have used sound as a medium to shape and construct, and in so doing have sought to transform a viewer-listener’s experience. Sound can provoke memory, communicate across barriers, claim a space, or transform a city. The works in ACOUSTIC RESONANCE reflect on sound as a medium and tool of transformation. Imagery, objects, and installations reveal the potent qualities of sound art in our cultural landscape today.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become clearer than ever that the air is public space. Within our shared spaces, we distance ourselves to keep safe and raise our voices to be heard,” notes Director of Exhibitions Julie Poitras Santos. “Sound travels through airwaves, it carries across neighborhoods, and through barriers - even at a distance it communicates our longings for each other and our desires for change. ACOUSTIC RESONANCE foregrounds the power of sound to connect us and transform our lives.”

Anyone who has been to a rave or rock concert knows that the visceral effects of sound can be all too palpable. In today’s urban landscapes we must sift through myriad overlapping soundscapes to navigate our way through contemporary life; the rural soundscape is punctuated by nearby highways and overhead cross-continental flights. John Cage’s 1952 work, 4'33'', famously sought to provoke listening on the part of the audience by making audible the real noisiness of silence.

ACOUSTIC RESONANCE highlights the vital art and music intersections at Maine College of Art & Design, in particular, the Bob Crewe Program in Art and Music at MECA&D. The exhibition will be connected with academic courses that reflect on contemporary artists working with sound. Numerous public talks and sound art events will also accompany the exhibition.

Additional public events in conjunction with the exhibition, include:

  • Wednesday, October 7, 7-8pm: Visiting Artist Lecture, Raven Chacon
  • Thursday, Oct 22, 5pm Congress Square: Public Listening Event
    Ground, Unsettle, Surround: Act 1 (Establishing a Sound), Matt Jay + Josh Rios + Anthony Romero
  • Wednesday, October 28, 5:30pm: Visiting Artist Lecture, Andrea Ray
  • Wednesday, November 11, 5:30pm: Visiting Artist Lecture, Julianne Swartz

ACOUSTIC RESONANCE is organized by Director of Exhibitions Julie Poitras Santos in collaboration with Steve Drown, Coordinator of the Bob Crewe Program in Art & Music, and supported in part by grants from the Crewe Foundation and the Onion Foundation.

ARTISTS: Ryan Adams, Raven Chacon, John Fireman, Matt Joynt + Josh Rios + Anthony Romero, Angel Nevarez + Valerie Tevere, Andrea Ray, Julianne Swartz, Audra Woloweic

NOTE TO MEDIA: For exhibition images, photo credits, and captions, please visit this link.

The ICA’s simple, timed admission system allows us to welcome visitors to safely view exhibitions at the ICA at MECA&D during the Covid-19 pandemic. Visitors will be asked to comply with all social distancing recommendations, including wearing masks. Gallery staff will be monitoring attendance and regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces, and hand sanitizer is available for all visitors. Visitor numbers will be limited to seven at a time, during half-hour time slots. Please register for a free visit to the ICA here or use the QR code on our door to schedule your visit.

Featured Image: Audra Wolowiec, Concrete Sound (detail), 2016