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Deaf Artist at Contemporary Museum in Baltimore

May 16, 2007

Hi, I’m Lucy. I’m working with the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore right now, and based on your blog I thought you might be interested in a new exhibit we’re about to open. The exhibition is entitled “St. Cecilia”, and the artist is a deaf man named Joseph Grigely. I attached a copy of the calendar listing for the “St. Cecilia” exhibition for you to take a look at (it explains the exhibition and Grigely as an artist in greater detail). If you have any questions about the exhibit or the artist please feel free to contact me. Thanks!

Lucy Silver


Himmelrich Public Relations
“Good Thinking”
3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 425
Baltimore, Maryland 21211
410-528-5400 p
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Calendar Listing

Joseph Grigely: St. Cecilia

May 6, 2007 – August 19, 2007

Contemporary Museum
100 West Centre Street
Baltimore, Maryland

Premiering at the Contemporary Museum, Joseph Grigely: St. Cecilia is a national touring exhibition of recent works by the Chicago-based artist. Grigely, who is deaf, focused the exhibition on his childhood memories of sound as well as how sound “looks.”

The feature work in the exhibition, St. Cecilia, is a video installation commissioned by the Contemporary Museum and the Orange County Museum of Art that explores the nuances between seeing and hearing. It is a multi-faceted video presentation of a performance by the Baltimore Choral Arts Society Chamber Choir where the lyrics of familiar Christmas carols have been replaced with lyrics composed by Grigely, demonstrating the misunderstandings and confusions of lip reading.

Other installations in Joseph Grigely: St. Cecilia explore the failures and idiocyncrasies of language and communication. In an untitled work, Grigely displays hundreds of scraps of paper and handwritten notes that he has produced when communicating with the written world. Other works depict the artist’s memories of sound as a child.

The Contemporary Museum is located at 100 West Centre Street, in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon Cultural District. The Contemporary is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 pm; Thursdays from noon to 7 pm. For more information, please call (410) 783-5720, or visit http://www.contemporary.org.

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  1. Caife
    May 17, 2007 at 4:46 am

    Interesting. Thanks.

  2. May 21, 2007 at 7:02 pm

    FYI – I’ve linked my blog to yours about the deaf artist.

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