Listen Hear: The Art of Sound
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Of the five senses, sight seems
to dominate our contemporary life,
with its overload of visual stimuli
from advertising to artworks. But hearing is a close second. Listen Hear: The Art of Sound explores some of the ways sound affects
our environment, our bodies, and
our state of mind.
Listen Hear: The Art of Sound is
a group exhibition featuring seven sound works in the Gardner and
two off-site pieces of public art. Spread across both the Gardner's historic and new buildings, the works demonstrate the rich variety of this contemporary medium. The two public art pieces outside the Museum offer new ways to experience the
city of Boston. Fens (a downloadable app) is an immersive listening walk
in a nearby park, while Harmonic Conduit live-streams from city streets around the Ruggles T station.
Sound in general, and especially music, was important to Isabella Stewart Gardner. Throughout her life she supported musicians and composers, organized musical evenings for her friends, and regularly attended other concerts. Gardner understood that sound plays a critical role in creating a sense of place, and installed fountains in and around the Courtyard to make sound a permanent feature of her Museum.
Listen Hear is a different kind of museum experience, offering new insights into the spatial, social,
and aesthetic dimension of sound.