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Trimpin Ambiente432 horns return to WSU horns return to WSU

PULLMAN – Trimpin: Ambiente432 returned to the main atrium of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the start of the spring semester. 

The exhibition is an interactive experience that allows the audience to become a part of the art. 

“What I love so much about it is that it’s unexpected,” Ryan Hardesty, museum curator of exhibitions and collections said. 

He said one of the reasons he keeps the exhibition in the front gallery is to give guests a different idea about what their experience at an art museum could be like, that it could be more expansive. 

In the front room of the museum, horns are placed in particular areas at certain angles. As a guest walks through the space, the horns pick up on their movement and begin to move and play themselves. As guests move more and more, the more the horns will play. 

The museum commissioned the piece as part of the permanent collection in 2018 when it opened. The relationship with the artist Trimpin, who goes by his last name, gave the museum the opportunity to add something like the horns to WSU permanently. 

Students like to come and just sit with the horns, Sidney Westenskow, one of the students who works at the museum’s front desk, said. 

She also explained how it provides hands on learning for students and professors to get more involved with art. 

Trimpin: Ambiente432 will remain in the first room of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU until about the middle of March. Though it will make returns in the future because the exhibition is part of the museum’s permanent collection. The museum is open free to the public Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. across from the Compton Student Union Building and Wilson-Short Hall.


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