Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

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Local Leader / Exec. Director:
Chris Cook
Main Address:
724 South 12th street
Omaha, NE 68102

Exhibition Opening Reception + Performance

Join us for the opening reception of "Inner Ear Vision: Sound as Medium" and celebration of the launch of Bemis Center’s Sound Art + Experimental Music Program! "Inner Ear Vision: Sound as Medium" explores sound as an artistic medium beyond the aural and assembles works by 18 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.

7 PM – "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.

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.

Free and open to the public. Free parking available.
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"Inner Ear Vision: Sound as Medium" is sponsored, in part, by Mutual of Omaha, Omaha Steaks, and Security National Bank. Special thanks to Nebraska Arts Council.

The "Speaking Sound" program series is supported, in part, by Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. Additional support provided by Jamie and Ted Friedland.

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724 South 12th Street
Omaha, NE 68102
United States


Thursday, July 11, 2019 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm