Magazine article USA TODAY

Lister Hear: The Art of Sound

Magazine article USA TODAY

Lister Hear: The Art of Sound

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A thought-provoking sound art exhibition, "Listen Hear: The Art of Sound," featuring 12 artists and architects from around the world who use a broad range of approaches to sound art, is on view through Sept. 5 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, Mass. The exhibition features 10 installations of sound art--eight designed to be experienced inside the museum. The two others are off-site public artworks: a free app that offers an immersive sound walk of the Back Bay Fens, the urban park system adjacent to the museum, and a sound environment installed at the Ruggles MBTA transit station. Several works are conceived as site-specific installations for the museum's spaces, including the Courtyard, Dutch Room, Tapestry Room, and Hostetter Gallery, among others.

"These works are very diverse and reflect a growing and nuanced field. They are designed to inspire the public to listen to--and become more aware of--how sound affects us," says Pieranna Cavalchini, curator of Contemporary Art and co-curator of the exhibit. "In this exhibition, we are exploring different modes of listening in interior and exterior spaces. …

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