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Mar 29, 2018
throughMay 11, 2018

Topography of Sound: Peaks & Valleys Series, New Work by Maria Chavez

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In this exhibition, Brooklyn-based artist Maria Chavez (born in Peru, 1980) examines microscopic, physical images of vinyl records and their striking similarities to the topography of mountainous and canyon regions throughout the world. A sound artist and abstract turntablist, Chavez will trade her dexterity from physical hand manipulation during her performances to sketching with various densities of graphite, sumi ink and watercolor. Also presented will be a sample of previously recorded performances and publications. Chavez has been a research fellow of the Sound Practice Research Department, Goldsmith’s University in London, a composer fellow with Civitella Ranieri in Umbertide, Italy, and an artist fellow with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in Captiva, Florida, and her work has been exhibited internationally.

Programming

Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 6 to 8 p.m.
6 p.m., Performance, Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Center for the Arts

Free and open to the public, tickets required
Reserve tickets through the Modlin Box Office by phone at 804.289.8980, online, or in person.

New York artist Maria Chavez will complete a ten-day artist residency at the University of Richmond with this performance and Q&A that will also feature current students engaged in working with sound as an art form. The university will present this performance and conversation as well as an exhibition of her work in the Harnett Museum of Art, as part of a city-wide Sound Arts Festival running from March to August 2018.

Born in Lima, Peru, Chavez is an abstract turntablist, sound artist, and DJ. Accidents, coincidence, and failures are themes that unite her sound sculptures, installations, and other works with her solo turntable performance practice. She is a research fellow of the Sound Practice Research Department, Goldsmith’s University in London. Her work and performances have been presented internationally, including at the Donald Judd Foundation in Marfa, Texas; the Rhode Island School of Design; the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; and Berklee College, Valencia, Spain.

Organized by University Museums and presented in partnership with Modlin Center for the Arts, UR Department of Art & Art History, and UR Department of Music. Sponsored in part by the Cultural Affairs Committee.

Friday, April 13, 2018, 3 p.m., and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 15, 7:30 p.m.
Film screening, Ukrop Auditorium, Robins School of Business
Sound of Noise (2010)
Introduction on Friday, April 13, 3 p.m., by Abigail Cheever, Associate Professor of English and Film Studies, University of Richmond
In conjunction with the Richmond Sound Art Festival and the exhibition Topography of Sound: Peaks & Valleys Series, New Work by Maria Chavez

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