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Aug. 20, 2004

UI Museum Of Art Presents Leighton Pierce's 'Pivot' Aug. 25-Oct. 17

The University of Iowa Museum of Art will present "Pivot," a new installation project by film and video artist Leighton Pierce Aug. 25-Oct. 17 in the museum's Carver Gallery.

Part of the UI Year of Arts and Humanities, "Pivot" is an experimental work-in-progress that will lead to a major exhibition in the fall of 2005. It is an "active" installation, which means Pierce will be in the gallery, working on the installation during the exhibition. Consequently, the material exhibited will regularly change during the course of the show, reflecting Pierce's exploration of his material within the gallery space.

"Pivot" extends Pierce's interest in the relationships between sound and image, memory and emotion, and time and rhythm. By creating complex visual and auditory patterns using projected video loops and multi-channel sound, Pierce aims to engage with the memory, perception and emotional identification of the viewer.

Curator Kathleen Edwards commented, "Leighton Pierce will use the Carver Gallery as a kind of studio to explore the mechanisms of moving from the traditional screened film to the experiential space of a museum gallery. Viewers will be surrounded by shimmering and evocative color and sound."

Pierce is a faculty member in the UI Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature. His films have been shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art 2002 Biennial; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Lisbon Biennial of Contemporary Art; Lincoln Center; Museum of Modern Art; and Walker Art Center. Pierce's awards include First Place in the Black Maria Film Festival, 2003 and 2004, among many others. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, Camargo Foundation, Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts.

An initiative of UI President David J. Skorton, the Year of the Arts and Humanities aims to raise the profile of the arts and humanities throughout the state of Iowa during the 2004-05 academic year. Projects and events will focus on the discoveries made by artists, writers, scholars and thinkers, and how they can provide meaning for people from every background, bridging differences, creating sustainable economies, and adding to the fabric of life. The Year of the Arts and Humanities supported at the UI by the Office of the President, the Office of the Vice-President for Research and the Graduate College.

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 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.

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