Artist Project: Andrea Hornick: Unbounded Histories

January 6–May 22, 2017
Collection Gallery

Andrea Hornick: Unbounded Histories, 2017. Room 23 of the Barnes Collection. Photo by Lauren Altman

Unbounded Histories is a sound intervention in the Barnes Collection Gallery. This site-specific piece by Philadelphia artist Andrea Hornick can be streamed on any web-enabled phone as you explore the collection.

Hornick’s piece comprises a string of poems responding to specific works in the Barnes collection. The poems subvert the logic of traditional audiotours by offering unexpected narratives and dream-like imagery. Hornick worked for months directly in the collection, putting herself in a trance-like state in order to access the depths of her own psyche, letting the works of art lead her toward stories and images that the mind normally keeps buried. The narratives—deeply personal, and often with a feminist edge—emerged from these sessions.

The resulting juxtaposition of sound and sight encourages us to consider works in the Barnes collection in a new way—as portals to the unconscious.



"Hornick creates soundscapes and recites poems keyed to individual artworks, all to encourage viewers and listeners to reconsider each work through her series of provocations." — The Philadelphia Inquirer

"You can now tour the Barnes Collection with a shamanic guide in your ear." — Artsy


Unbounded Histories is made possible with support from the William Penn Foundation.



Tune in to VERSO, the Barnes’s new behind-the-scenes podcast series, to hear an interview with the artist and an excerpt from Unbounded Histories. Subscribe to VERSO by searching for "Barnes Foundation" on iTunes, Google Play, or your favorite podcast app.

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