Walker Downey

Walker Downey is a historian of modern and contemporary art and a PhD student 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. Walker's current research broadly concerns sound art of the Seventies and Eighties, and especially practices implicated in discourses around acoustic ecology and environmental noise pollution. He is also interested in the historical development of sound-dampening technology and anechoic chambers.

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