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Release: Aug. 24, 2001
UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
LECTURE ON GILLIAN WEARING SEPT. 6 -- Kathleen Edwards,
the curator of prints, drawings, photographs and new media at the University
of Iowa Museum of Art, will speak on "Gillian Wearing and the Art of
Exposure" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6 in the museum.
Edwardss lecture, which will be free and open
to the public, is presented in conjunction with the showing of "Drunk,"
a video by Wearing that is a recent acquisition of the Museum of Art. Edwards
will discuss "Drunk" and other works by Wearing.
The initial acquisition for the museums new
collection of media art, "Drunk," presents disturbing and haunting
images of London street drinkers. Wearing won the distinguished Turner Prize
in 1997 and is the subject of a major retrospective touring American museums
in 2002. "Drunk" will be complemented by showings of Wearings
1999 work "I Love You," a 60-minute single-channel video, to be
shown Thursdays at 4 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. through September and October.
"Gillian Wearing is among the top video artists
working today," Edwards said. "Her work depends on the participation
of people who exist outside normal social boundaries. She concentrates on
the relationship between public surfaces and private lives, established norms
and individual compulsions. Her work dwells on interactions between families,
lovers and friends, with results that can be variously humorous, poignant
and problematic for the viewer.
"Drunk is the result of three
years of filming neighborhood street drinkers in her studio. But Drunk
is not a narrative with a message. Wearings editing stylizes the gestures
and placement of the figures, making references to art of the past, dance,
theater and comedy. The effect of this combination of documentary method and
formal rigor is that Wearing can show things as they really are without sentimentality
M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is
the corporate sponsor for public events at the museum during the 2001-02 season
at the UI Museum of Art, through the University of Iowa Foundation. Wearings
"I Love You" is presented courtesy of the artist and Gorney Bravin
+ Lee, New York.
For information on the UI Museum of Art, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/uima
on the World Wide Web. Information is available on other UI arts events at
The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive
in Iowa City, is open noon to 10 p.m. Thursdays. Public metered parking is
available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.