Exhibition Opening Reception - Inner Ear Vision: Sound as Medium (Omaha)
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7/11/2019
When: July 11–September 14, 2019
Where: Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
724 South 12th Street
Omaha, NE  68102
Contact: Madison Warnemunde

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Exhibition Opening Reception + Performance

Thursday, July 11 | 6–8 PM
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts invites the public to the opening of Inner Ear Vision: Sound as Medium, on view through September 14, 2019. 

6–8 PM – Public Opening Reception
7 PM – El Grito, performance by exhibiting artist Benvenuto Chavajay


Inner Ear Vision: Sound as Medium explores sound as an artistic medium beyond the aural and assembles works throughout Bemis Center’s three galleries by multidisciplinary artists providing a variation on the theme. The exhibition includes variations of “musical instruments” by Tarek Atoui, Nadia Botello, Benvenuto Chavajay, and Chris Duncan; graphic scores by Lea Bertucci, Tyondai Braxton, and Jean-Paul Perrotte; objects by Kevin Cooley and Phillip Andrew Lewis, Jessica Ekomane, and Nikita Gale; and immersive installations by Suzanne Kite and Devin Ronneberg, Sabrina Ratté, Wadada Leo Smith with Josie Holtzman and Nick Michael, and C. Spencer Yeh. Curated by artists Raven Chacon and Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe and art historian Maria Elena Buszek, the exhibition is part of the events surrounding the inauguration of Bemis Center’s Sound Art + Experimental Music Program.

El Grito (The Scream)
Performance by Benvenuto Chavajay

In El Grito (The Scream), the performer wears the traditional costume of the original Tz'utujil ethnic group of San Pedro Lago Atitlán, Guatemala. Rattling the matraca, an instrument and religious object, swaying from side to side in the manner of a Holy Week procession, the performance alludes to the call and the cry of silenced native communities and peoples of the Americas. To "scream" to silence is to give voice to the people who have been silenced and covered by the wounds and dark legacies of the imposed logic of the OTHER's system.

Free and open to the public. Free parking available.

Inner Ear Vision: Sound as Medium is sponsored, in part, by Mutual of Omaha, Omaha Steaks, and Security National Bank. The Sound Speaks lecture series is supported, in part, by Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. Special thanks to Nebraska Arts Council.

Inner Ear Vision: Sound as Medium
July 11–September 14, 2019

Inner Ear Vision: Sound as Medium explores sound as an artistic medium beyond the aural and assembles works throughout Bemis Center’s three galleries by multidisciplinary artists providing a variation on the theme. A reference to the multi-sensory nature of the ear—which affects not only our sense of sound, but also those of vision, space, and even cognition—the work in Inner Ear Vision challenges the limits by which both “music” and “sound art” have been defined. Inner Ear Vision proposes that the conversation around the notion of ephemeral versus tangible need not be a conversation at all.

The exhibition includes variations of “musical instruments” by Tarek Atoui, Nadia Botello, Benvenuto Chavajay, and Chris Duncan; graphic scores by Lea Bertucci, Tyondai Braxton, and Jean-Paul Perrotte; objects by Kevin Cooley and Phillip Andrew Lewis, Jessica Ekomane, and Nikita Gale; and immersive installations by Suzanne Kite and Devin Ronneberg, Sabrina Ratté, Wadada Leo Smith with Josie Holtzman and Nick Michael, and C. Spencer Yeh.

Curated by artists Raven Chacon and Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe and art historian Maria Elena Buszek, the exhibition is part of the events surrounding the inauguration of Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts’s Sound Art + Experimental Music Program.

Inner Ear Vision: Sound as Medium is sponsored, in part, by Mutual of Omaha, Omaha Steaks, and Security National Bank. The Sound Speaks lecture series is supported, in part, by Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. Special thanks to Nebraska Arts Council.