Walker Downey

Walker Downey is a historian of modern and contemporary art and a PhD candidate in the History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Art program at MIT. Before arriving at MIT, Walker earned an M.A. in Art History from Williams College, where he explored the politics of sound in American art of the Sixties, and in particular, the work of composer and pianist David Tudor. Still anchored in the postwar period, Walker's current work broadly concerns artistic engagements with the mechanics of sense perception and the technological developments that underlay this exploration; points of focus include the artistic legacy of cybernetics and communication theory and the shifting significance of noise and silence as they operate in urban space.

Areas of Interest
American Art, Art and Technology, Landscape, Public Art


2009 - 2013
Bachelor of Arts, Wheaton College (MA)
2013 - 2015
Master of Arts, Williams College