Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

SMoCA: Artist Spotlight


Recently, The New York Times featured an article describing increasing importance of sound in contemporary art. This fall and spring, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is excited to present work by two seminal sound artists. On October 12, SMoCA opens the exhibition Julianne Swartz: How Deep Is Your? Among the installation’s seemingly magical sound pieces are affirmations whispered from a bathroom sink and a box that proclaims “I love you” upon opening. This coming spring, the Museum will present The Five Senses, an exhibition that will include artist Janet Cardiff’s seminal work, Forty Part Motet, which was highlighted in the recent New York Times’ piece.  

Julianne Swartz: How Deep is Your?October 12, 2013- January 26, 2014

  • Using songs by the Bee Gees and John Lennon, recording friends singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” and composing original, enigmatic audio tracks, Julianne Swartz creates artworks that activate the visitor’s sense of wonder and celebrate human connection.

The Five SensesFebruary 1- May 4, 2014

  • Janet Cardiff’s Forty Part Motet comprises 40 speakers arranged in a ring and each playing a single voice from Thomas Tallis’ 16th-century choral work Spem in Alium. Visitors are able to move among the speakers, experiences each individual voice intimately and as part of a greater whole. The New York Times called Forty Part Motet one of the “best works, in any medium, in the last decade.”

Check out SMoCA on your next visit to the Scottsdale Civic Center park, and don’t miss the chance to experience the work of two artists at the forefront of contemporary sound art. Keep your eye on Scottsdale for upcoming art events like Fall for the Arts!

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