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Hearing Pictures

2 May to 30 December 2012

Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

Installation of a long wall filled with numerous two dimensional artworks of various sizes, colours and mediums, many hanging directly next to another.

Hearing Pictures brought together artwork from the seventeenth to the twenty-first century from the permanent collection of the Tang Museum to explore the relationship between hearing and seeing.


It featured traditionally 'silent' artwork, such as drawing, painting and printmaking, and invited gallery-goers to consider the sounds the artworks evoked.

Displayed to suggest a musical score, the installation also featured a simple recording station where visitors could record the sounds they imagined. The recordings were archived on the Tang website and later incorporated into a new sound piece created by Skidmore College students Gregory Carter '13 and Adrienne Fuller '13 for the Tang Museum exhibition Elevator Music 22: Seeing Sounds. A series of public programs accompanied the exhibition, inviting regional musicians to respond sonically to the installation.

Artists: Romare Bearden, John Christie, Dorothy Dehner, Heidi Fasnacht, Philip Guston, Grace Hartigan, William Hogarth, Wassily Kandinsky, Nicholas Krushenick, Stanislaw Kubicki, Roy Lichtenstein, Nicholas Monro, Eduardo Paolozzi, Walter Joseph Philips, Dieter Roth, W. Eugene Smith, Joan Snyder, Nishikawa Sukenobu, Lois Swirnoff, Martha Swope, Davor Vrankic, Andy Warhol, Carrie Mae Weems, James McNeil Whistler, Garry Winogrand.


Installation views and public program documentation, Hearing Pictures, courtesy of Tang Teaching Museum.

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