For Chamber Music, the Frye Art Museum has commissioned thirty-six Seattle artists to create new work in response to musical compositions based on James Joyce’s volume of poetry of the same name. The artists included in Chamber Music span generations and reflect a broad aesthetic spectrum. What unites them is a shared dedication to artist-generated activities that strengthen Seattle’s arts community beyond their own admirable art practices. Chamber Music is thus both a celebration of individual mark-making and a cooperative composition about love for this city and how artists choose to leave their mark on it.
As a supplement to the thirty-six new works on view, the exhibition includes a living library archiving the artists' contributions as curators, critics, academics, theoreticians, writers, civic organizers, and founders or members of important artist cooperatives and independent exhibition spaces. This library presents documents and ephemera from such watershed projects as and/or, 911 Media Arts Center, and CoCA, as well as more recent initiatives toward community-building like NEPO House, Free Sheep Foundation, and The New Mystics.
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