Now Hear This! An Exercise in Listening

Friday, July 21, 2017 - Sunday, November 5, 2017

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Now Hear This! features five newly commissioned site-specific works of sound-based art by distinguished national and local artists Taraneh HemamiWalter KitunduHugh LivingstonShane A. Myrbeck & Emily Shisko, and Stephen Vitiello. Drawing inspiration from Montalvo’s natural and manmade environments, participating artists will present immersive soundscapes and interactive sound sculptures that invite visitors to experience Montalvo’s grounds in new ways and listen more attentively to the world and one another. The exhibition also features Soundings, a curated guided walk that invites visitors to explore Montalvo’s grounds while listening to work by Lucas Artist Composer Fellows and visiting musical artists. 

Now Hear This! is presented as part of the Lucas Artists Program’s Art on the Grounds initiative at Montalvo Arts Center. Art on the Grounds is a commissioning and exhibition program providing artists with opportunities to develop and present works of art in the context of a 175-acre public park.

Download the Detour app to experience Soundings. Tours begin at the Box Office pavilion.


  •  FRI JULY 21, 2017 6 P.M. (Park Grounds)
    Now Hear This!
    Art on the Grounds Opening Celebration

    Join us for the opening celebration of Now Hear This! An Exercise in Listening -- an outdoor exhibition featuring immersive site-specific soundscapes, sonic experiences and workshops, sound sculptures, and a new digital curatorial platform, Soundings.The opening celebrations will include various ...

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  • Sound-Making with Taraneh Hemami & Hugh Livingston FRI AUGUST 25, 2017 6 P.M. (Italianate Garden)
    Open Access
    Sound-Making with Taraneh Hemami and Hugh Livingston

    Join artists Taraneh Hemami and Hugh Livingston as they introduce you to their new sonic artworks commissioned for Montalvo’s latest outdoor exhibition, Now Hear This! In a family-friendly drop-in workshop, Livingston will invite visitors to explore the principles of ...

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  • Rolling Counterpoint FRI SEPTEMBER 29, 2017 6 P.M. (Italianate Garden)
    Open Access
    Voices in the Garden
    with Lucas Artists Fellows and Guest Artists

    Join us for a special evening of word and sound in Montalvo’s Italianate Garden. Artist Taraneh Hemami will continue her ongoing activation of her sound sculpture One Voice (Yek Seda) created for the Montalvo’s outdoor exhibition Now Hear ...

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  • An Afternoon of Sound SUN NOVEMBER 5, 2017 12:30 P.M. (Lucas Artists Program Commons)
    Open Access
    An Afternoon of Sound
    Closing Reception for "Now Hear This"

    Join us as we celebrate the last day of the Montalvo’s summer outdoor sound exhibition, Now Hear This! An Exercise in Listening with a closing reception. Meet us at the Lucas Artists Residency Program Commons for wine and light ...

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