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Release: Aug. 9, 2002
Retrospective exhibition of works by Hans Breder at the UI Museum of Art
the Liminal: Intermedia/Works 1964-2002, a retrospective exhibition
of more than 70 works by Hans Breder, F. Wendell Miller distinguished professor
emeritus of art at the University of Iowa, will be on view at the UI Museum
of Art Aug. 24-Oct. 20.
To mark the opening of the exhibition, there will be a reception for the
artist at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 in the museum. David Klemm of the UI School
of Religion will speak on Hermeneutics and Art: Interpreting Divine
Presence and Absence in the Work of Hans Breder at 3 p.m. The lecture
and reception are free to the public.
Intermedia is an interdisciplinary art form that explores connections among
a variety of disciplines including visual art, music, literature, religion,
dance, physics, philosophy, sociology and psychology. These explorations result
in combinations of multimedia installations, live performances, electronic
technologies including film, video and computers, and traditional art forms.
Breder founded the UI Intermedia Program in 1968, making it the first university
program to grant the Master of Fine Arts degree in Intermedia art. Breder
directed the program for three decades, until his retirement in 2000.
Among the 1970s avant-garde talents in residence in the UI Intermedia Program
were noted artists Nam Jun Paik, Vito Acconci, Scott Burton, Karen Finley
and Robert Wilson. Breder's students have included the renowned artists Charles
Ray and Ana Mendieta.
Breder has worked in a wide variety of media, including painting, sculpture,
drawing, collage, photography and electronic technology. In all of these works,
his key concern has been a state of consciousness that he calls the liminal,
a term derived from the Latin word limen meaning threshold.
Its use is most familiar in the word subliminal, meaning just below the threshold
of consciousness. Classic examples of liminal states are the spiritual condition
of wholeness reached through meditation and the adolescent who is no longer
a child but not yet an adult.
Breder explores the concept of the threshold through the use of ritual and
metaphor. His rituals consist of filming and photographing models in the studio
or in what he refers to as magic spots in nature, and then recreating
those experiences, or encounters with the liminal, through private or public
performances. His metaphors allude to the way into and passage through a threshold.
These metaphors include mirrors, doorways, windows, circles, bones, reflections,
repetition, water and skin. Breder believes that it is through these rituals
and metaphors that, in a flash of insight, something previously unknown becomes
known and vice versa.
Breder has exhibited in three Whitney Museum of American Art Biennials (1987,
1989, 1991), the Kitchen and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the MIT
List Visual Art Center, and in museums and galleries around the world. He
is represented by Mitchell Algus in New York and Hachmeister Galerie in Muenster,
Kathleen A. Edwards, curator of prints, drawings, photographs and new media
at the UIMA, organized Enacting the Liminal. A catalogue with
an essay by the art critic Donald Kuspit was published by Hachmeister Verlag,
Muenster, Germany, on the occasion of the exhibition.
The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open
noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and noon to 10 p.m. Thursday
and Friday. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking
lots west and north of the museum.
For more information in the UI Museum of Art visit http://www.uiowa.edu/uima.edu
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