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Connecting with Public Art in Cambridge

 Exhibition Dates: August 3 – September 15, 2009

Special Events: First Mondays at CAC Gallery
Free Artist Receptions featuring live performance, food, and community: 

Monday, August 3, 2009, 6-8pm

Monday, September 14, 2009, 6-8pm

The CAC Gallery presents Sound Off, an audio and visual exhibition that aims to promote community awareness of, and gather opinions on, public art in Cambridge. Working with sound artist Halsey Burgund, the Public Art Youth Council (PAYC) is recording a series of interviews with Cambridge residents to examine the relationship between public art and the people who interact with it every day. This process gives voice to individuals to "sound off" on art in the public realm. The exhibition features the Youth Council members' visual interpretations along with audio collages of their interviews and experiences with public artworks.

The Public Art Youth Council is an on-going education and outreach program of the Cambridge Arts Council. Each year, the Cambridge Arts Council works with a collective of Cambridge teenagers as ambassadors for public art who create activities and events that invite fellow youth to deepen their understanding of and engagement with public art. The Summer 2009 PAYC consists of teenagers hired through the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program, and is supported by the city’s Summer Work and Learning program.  

Summer 2009 Public Art Youth Council Members
Jeremy Berke, Mahshire Berry, William Leith, Maribeth Mockovak, Alisha Park, Phillip Smith  

Artist Halsey Burgund
Halsey Burgund currently works as a musician and sound artist living outside Boston. Both his installations and musical performances make extensive use of spoken human voice recordings as musical elements, alongside traditional and electronic instruments. He collects these voices from otherwise uninvolved individuals whom he records in various locations, from museums to street corners to rock clubs. ROUND, Halsey’s most recent major sound art installation – exhibited at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum – turns the traditional museum audio tour into a two-way experience where museum visitors can both listen to and contribute comments on the displayed artwork. Halsey’s band, Aesthetic Evidence, performs his music publicly, often including interactive performances in which he records audience members’ voices and uses those recordings improvisationally within songs.

The exhibition, Sound Off, features two free artist receptions on Monday, August 3 and Monday, September 14, 6-8pm in the CAC Gallery as part of the ongoing, monthly Cambridge Arts Council series, First Mondays @ CAC Gallery. These receptions feature a live performance, food and community.

CAC Gallery exhibitions are free and open to the public.

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