Landscape / Soundscape

January 14 – March 26, 2017

  • Eliot Porter, Clouds Forming over Mount Baker, Washington, 1983

At the core of the exhibition Landscape / Soundscape, landscape photographs from Penn’s University Art Collection are paired with commissioned soundscape compositions. The resulting installations explore the photograph’s capacity to visually convey a sense of sound – musical, natural elements, urban rhythms, or otherwise. The installations also offer opportunity for sound art to complement and alter one’s perception of a photographic landscape. Within the context of the exhibition, landscape is used in its broadest sense, from sweeping natural landscapes to cityscapes to abstractions. Likewise, the corresponding soundscapes are commissioned from a broad spectrum of sound artists and musicians, from those working with field recordings and electronics to noted instrumental performers.

Landscape / Soundscape is curated by Heather Gibson Moqtaderi, Associate Curator & Collections Manager for the University Art Collection, with Collaborative Curator of Sound Eugene Lew.

This is the sixth in the series of collaborative exhibitions between Penn’s Office of the Curator and the Arthur Ross Gallery.




Lucien Clergue
Elliot Erwitt
Ralph Gibson
Andrew Moore
Clarence John Laughlin
Erica Lennard
Eliot Porter
Karen Riedener
Jerry N. Uelsmann
Minor White


Sarah Angliss
Michael Roy Barker
Olivia Block
Nadia Botello
La Cosa Preziosa
Marinna Guzy
Eugene Lew
Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe
Christopher Sean Powell
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

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In tandem with Landscape / Soundscape, a juried selection of student projects will be presented on the Gallery’s digital interactive kiosk. Follow this link for submission instructions and guidelines: