Hawn Gallery presents Allyson Packer: "Sounding" opening reception

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Hawn Gallery presents Allyson Packer: Sounding
Photo courtesy of Allyson Packer

There are three ways to measure a body of water: by surface area, volume, or depth. "Sounding" is the term used to describe this last method. Unlike assessing a visible surface area, sounding is an act of remote sensing. It allows you to gather information on something you can’t make physical contact with. The contents in a library are like a body of water. It holds a volume of material within a clearly defined space, while also possessing a kind of impalpable depth.

In "Sounding," Allyson Packer uses text and sculptural interventions to explore the relationship between the library’s known and unknowable qualities. Through this artwork, the Hawn Gallery and Hamon Arts Library’s tangible architectural spaces become a framework to plumb the immeasurable depths of knowledge the building contains.

Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on view through March 29.

Event Details



SMU Hamon Arts Library
6100 Hillcrest Ave.
Dallas, TX 75275


Ticket Info

Admission is free.