UAB Art’s Project Space hosts Foley Sound Project on Nov. 8, “Couture and Culture in the 20th Century” from Nov. 14-20

Department of Art and Art History students will give performances on sound effects added to film and pair images of artworks from across the 20th century to 12 corresponding items from the Department of Theatre’s historical costume collection.

foley sound projectA 1970s era dress included in “Couture and Culture in the 20th Century” and a vintage corn starch box, used in the Foley Sound Performance.Two discrete exhibitions are set for Project Space, presented by the University of Alabama at Birmingham College of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Art and Art History.

First is the Foley Sound Project, with performances at 9 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8. The performances are free and open to the public.

Foley is the reproduction of everyday sound effects that are added to film, video and other media in postproduction to enhance or replace audio quality. These reproduced sounds can be anything from the swishing of clothing and footsteps to squeaky doors and breaking glass. 

Sixty students from Assistant Professor Doug Baulos’ Four-Dimensional Design Foundation and Adjunct Professor Sarah Heath’s Three-Dimensional Design Foundation classes will create an object installation and Foley sound performance narrative to excerpts from the 1916 silent film “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” The 100-year-old film was the first motion picture filmed under water. 

The focus of expression will be in performing with musical instruments smaller than 36 by 36 inches that were created with the consideration of both sculptural installation potential and sound expressiveness. Attendees are invited to participate.

“Couture and Culture in the 20th Century” is set for Project Space on Monday, Nov. 14, through Sunday, Nov. 20. Students in the Art History Senior Capstone class, led by Associate Professor of Art History Jessica Dallow, Ph.D., will present this exhibition.

Fashion and art are intimately connected; both are expressive forms shaped by culture. This exhibition explores the relationship between the two by featuring 12 items from the UAB Department of Theatre’s historical costume collection. These dresses and accessories are paired with corresponding images of artwork that represents artistic movements from across the 20th century.

An opening reception is planned for 5-7 p.m. Nov. 14, at Project Space. The reception is free and open to the public.

Students Stewart Adams, Alea Bondarenko, Julia Browder, Kristin Davis, Sarah Faulkner, Megan Hicks and Emily White from the class will speak about the exhibition. Professor of Art History Heather McPherson, Ph.D., will give a gallery talk at 6 p.m. on Edwardian fashion and culture.

At 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, at Project Space, join art history student Perry McKee and Assistant Theatre Costume Shop Manager Sharon Morgan for a brown bag lunch talk on the Department of Theatre’s historical costume collection. 

Project Space hours for the exhibition are 1-5 p.m. daily.

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