The Korn Gallery.


The Korn Gallery

Spring 2019 Schedule

Jack Ryan

Sound and Suspicion

Curator: Lee Arnold

January 24 – February 22, 2019

Artist Talk: February 22, 2:00 p.m. / ARTS 106
Reception: February 22, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

The Korn Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition Sound and Suspicion by artist Jack Ryan. Ryan is an interdisciplinary artist who explores trance and contemporary culture through the conduits of sonic theory, sculpture, and optics. He is a Professor of Art at the University of Oregon.

Ryan’s exhibition at Drew University will consist of sculpture and works on paper that begins with research for an article into the nebulously dark history of Avant-guard sound production as a starting point. The works are loosely based on a deep historical suspicion of early Avant-guard sound production and its ties to governmental agencies interested in the emerging practice for covert purposes. Rumors concerning sound artist’s sinister roles covertly influencing history persist. In the 60’s and 70s titans of early experimental sound production may have knowingly, or unknowingly, cooperated with the CIA in their earliest explorations of no touch torture principles. Rumors of the French government broadcasting the brown tone to break up May 1968 riots continue to circulate. Musician Leon Theremin’s invention of a passive microphone installed in the American embassy in Moscow changed the landscape of Cold War surveillance for 7 years. Today, sound’s nefarious history cast a shroud of uncertainty on American-Cuban relations in the wake of American diplomats being evacuated under suspicions of sonic attacks at the American Embassy in Havana. This research will creatively consider the complex relationship between sound, sculptural space, and political landscapes.

Ryan’s work has been exhibited at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, DC); La Maison Laurentine (France); Ausstellungsraum Klingental (Basel, Switzerland); the Palace of Fine Arts, Ministry of Culture (Cairo, Egypt); the Dublin Electronic Arts Festival (Ireland); the American University Museum (Washington, DC); Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore); the Phillips Collection (Washington, DC); and Syracuse University (New York). Ryan has twice received fellowships to attended the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (Alberta, Canada), and has attended a residency at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program (California), supported by the Ford Family Foundation.

Steven Gilbert


Curator: Raymond Saá Stein

March 20 – April 24, 2019
Artist Talk: March 26, 1:00 p.m.
Reception: March 22, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Senior Exhibition

Curator: Raymond Saá Stein

May 3 – May 8, 2019
Reception: May 3, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Previous Exhibitions

The Korn Gallery does not accept proposals at this time.