Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts

Upcoming Public Programs

Exhibition Opening Reception + Performance

Thursday, July 11, 2019 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Exhibition Opening Reception + Performance

Location: Bemis Center | 724 S. 12th Street
Description: Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts invites the public to the opening of Inner Ear Vision: Sound as Medium and celebration of the launch of Bemis Center’s Sound Art + Experimental Music Program!

7 PM – El Grito, performance by exhibiting artist Benvenuto Chavajay

Inner Ear Vision: Sound as Medium explores sound as an artistic medium beyond the aural and assembles works throughout Bemis Center’s three galleries by multidisciplinary artists providing a variation on the theme. The exhibition includes variations of “musical instruments” by Tarek Atoui, Nadia Botello, Benvenuto Chavajay, and Chris Duncan; graphic scores by Lea Bertucci, Tyondai Braxton, and Jean-Paul Perrotte; objects by Kevin Cooley and Phillip Andrew Lewis, Jessica Ekomane, and Nikita Gale; and immersive installations by Suzanne Kite and Devin Ronneberg, Sabrina Ratté, Wadada Leo Smith with Josie Holtzman and Nick Michael, and C. Spencer Yeh.

El Grito (The Scream)
Performance by Benvenuto Chavajay
In El Grito (The Scream), the performer wears the traditional costume of the original Tz'utujil ethnic group of San Pedro Lago Atitlán, Guatemala. Rattling the matraca, an instrument and religious object, swaying from side to side in the manner of a Holy Week procession, the performance alludes to the call and the cry of silenced native communities and peoples of the Americas. In the performance, the artist intends to give voice to the people who have been silenced and covered by the wounds and dark legacies of the imposed logic of the OTHER's system.

Zipline Brewing Co. Custom Beer Collaboration
Attendees will be the first to enjoy a custom beer created in partnership with and provided in kind by Zipline Brewing Co.! Low End Black Pale Ale is inspired by the work of Raven Chacon, Bemis's inaugural Sound Art + Experimental Music Program Artist-in-Residence. Learn more

Curated by artists Raven Chacon and Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe and art historian Maria Elena Buszek, the exhibition is part of the events surrounding the inauguration of Bemis Center’s Sound Art + Experimental Music Program.

Free and open to the public. Free parking available.

Inner Ear Vision: Sound as Medium is sponsored, in part, by Mutual of Omaha, Omaha Steaks, and Security National Bank.

Custom beer provided in kind by Zipline Brewing Co..

The Speaking Sound program series is supported, in part, by Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. Special thanks to Nebraska Arts Council and Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

Sabrina Ratté; INSCAPE (still), 2019; Video HD; 5 mins; Original sounds by Roger Tellier-Craig; Soundtrack composition by Sabrina Ratté; Courtesy of the artist.
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
724 South 12th Street
Omaha, NE 68102
Admission and Parking: FREE
Phone:: 402.341.7130