17. Till Human Voices Wake Us, And We Drown
Through April 8, 2022, UrbanGlass will host Till Human Voices Wake Us, And We Drown by Palestinian-American artist Kris Rumman. Till Human Voices Wake Us, And We Drown takes its title from the ending line of T.S. Eliot’s 1915 poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” which calls readers to remain alert to their surroundings and actively participate in shaping the conditions of their lives and the lives of those around them.
Curated by Zeljka Himbele, the exhibition features a selection of Rumman’s artwork, with each piece centered around how notions of suspension, (dis)harmony, boundaries, and the body’s relationship with natural and manmade structures can be transplanted into abstract shapes and enigmatic objects. Example pieces on display include the 2017 video Split, which juxtaposes black and white images as the shadow of a person walks along the shallow water of a sandy beach, and the 2022 sculpture Seesaw, made with matte gray graphite covered wooden object intentionally placed to block the passage of viewers through the gallery.