Prairie at the Dubuque Museum of Art

05 Nov 2017

Prairie at the Dubuque Museum of Art

Prairie was exhibited at the Dubuque Museum of Art from April - July 2016 for roughly 3 months.  I went out also for a well-attended artist talk. Prairie is a large-scale electro-acoustic sound installation which was first installed at the Chicago Cultural Center from Feb 8 to May 5, 2013, and then was shown next in a 13th Century Cathedral just outside Vienna, and following this, in Indianapolis at the Heron School of Art main gallery and then at the Witchita Museum of Art.  This piece is made up of 432 thin rods with small speakers at the tip, and with vibration motors near the base. Each of these stems is independent, and issues small clicks and buzzes, controlled by a central computer program. Probably best is to refer to the curatorial text by the original curator at the cultural center, Lanny Silverman  (the full gallery handout can be downloaded here as a pdf) for more information.  The Dubuque Art Mseum is a gem of a museum for a town the size of Dubuque, and I would highly encourage you stop by there - not to mention that the drive from Chicago via Galena to Dubuque is also sublime.