September 27–December 29, 2019

A temporary outdoor sound art exhibition on the University of Chicago’s campus

This outdoor sound art exhibition presents site-specific works by nine Chicago artists that explore thresholds, passageways, and common spaces across the University of Chicago’s campus.

Presented by the Smart Museum of Art and UChicago Arts, The Chicago Sound Show showcases Chicago’s extraordinary sound art scene. The participating artists have created new works for historic and modern outdoor sites across the University’s campus, including Swift Cloister Garden, Campus North Residential Commons, Cobb Gate, Botany Pond, and the Smart Museum of Art courtyard. Through use of “found sound,” meditative human voice, acoustic archaeology, and more, the works reveal and amplify the architectural peculiarities of campus while enriching our sensual knowledge of space.

Hours, works, and locations

During the run of the exhibition (September 27–December 29, 2019), The Chicago Sound Show can be experienced between 9 am and 9 pm daily. A printed exhibition guide and map are available inside the Smart Museum of Art. Download a PDF of the map »


Olivia Block
Nomi Epstein
David Wallace Haskins
Walter Kitundu
Lou Mallozzi
Stephan Moore
Sam Pluta
Andy Slater
Katherine Young


The Chicago Sound Show is curated by Laura Steward, Curator of Public Art, and Sam Pluta, Assistant Professor of Composition and Director of the Computer Music Studio, the University of Chicago.


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