Joseph Grigely: St. CeciliaDeaf since childhood, artist Joseph Grigely explores the nuances between seeing and hearing a musical performance in his new installation, St. Cecilia. The project, named after the patron saint of music, features two single channel videos with footage of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society singing three traditional Christmas carols with new lyrics written by Grigely to convey what he calls “lip misreading”--identical lip formations that produce dissimilar sounds.
october 7 - january 6, 2008
St. Cecilia Exhibition Tour Schedule:
The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY
February 9–June 8, 2008
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
November 22, 2008 - February 22, 2009
St. Cecilia is organized by Karen Moss, curator of collections and director of education & public programs at OCMA and is co-organized by the Contemporary Museum, Baltimore and The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs. St. Cecilia is co-produced by the Contemporary Museum and the Orange County Museum of Art.
Major support for this exhibition is provided by the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, the Maryland State Arts Council, the Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences, and Cohan and Leslie, New York.
Joseph Grigely: Production still from St. Cecilia, 2007. Courtesy of Dan Myers.