Walter Kitundu is an artist and MacArthur Fellow whose practice ranges from building instruments to photographing wildlife. As part of Evanston’s city-wide Big Draw, people of all ages are invited to join Kitundu in drawing a response to the Block Museum’s exterior architecture and the view of Lake Michigan beyond.
Free and open to the public.
Walter Kitundu is a sound artist and instrument builder, photographer, performer, installation artist, and designer (print, web, environmental). He is the inventor of a family of Phonoharps, multi-stringed instruments made from record players that rely on the turntable’s sensitivity to vibration. As an artist he has created hand-built record players powered by the wind and rain, fire and earthquakes, birds, light, and the force of ocean waves. He received a MacArthur Fellowship for his work in this field.
He has received public art commissions, residencies, taught as a visiting professor, and lectured on topics from the creative process to bird behavior.
Kitundu has performed and been in residence at art centers and science museums internationally. He has collaborated with the renowned Kronos Quartet, bassist Meshell Ndegeocello, the electronic music duo Matmos, and the legendary Marshall Allen – in venues from Carnegie Hall to a high school library in Egilstaadir, Iceland