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The sounds of Belmore

July 20th, 2018

Two children dance in exhibition

Photo by Vicky Moufawad-Paul. Family outing at the AGO. Cousins enjoy Rebecca Belmore’s playlist on Level 5.

Step off the elevator into Rebecca Belmore: Facing the Monumental and the first things you may notice are the sounds. The sounds of rushing water, emanating from a dark room housing the video projection on water, Fountain (2005). The sounds of a gunshot echoing out from the two-screen film projection, March 5, 1819 (2008). The sounds of a hammer, as Belmore nails herself to a tree in the video projection, The Named and the Unnamed (2002).

And if you look to your right, beside the black benches arranged along the south wall, you’ll see several sets of headphones, connected to iPads. They all have a playlist of tunes curated by the artist. These 10 songs, by artists as diverse as Johnny Cash, Cher and Sonny Bono and the Whitefish Bay Singers, take listeners on a trip through rock ‘n’ roll, country music and songs of protest. And the songs are ones that are either featured in Belmore’s art or inspired her to make art.

For your listening pleasure, we’ve assembled a selection of those songs here:

Don’t miss your chance to hear these sounds and so much more. Taking up all of Level 5, this exhibition is Belmore’s largest ever, extending through a series of satellite installations, including the AGO’s Galleria Italia, Joey & Toby Tanenbaum Sculpture Atrium, and the new J.S. McLean Centre for Indigenous & Canadian Art. Rebecca Belmore: Facing the Monumental is organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario and runs until October 21. It is free with General Admission.

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