The Chicago Sound Show

September 27–December 2019

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.

The Chicago Sound Show is the first exhibition to showcase Chicago’s extraordinary sound art scene in over three decades. The participating artists will create 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.


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


The Smart Museum of Art is a program partner of the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial

Chicago Architecture Biennial

Photo by Jean Lachat.