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Nov. 18, 2005

Painter Jane Hammond Will Discuss Her Work Dec. 1 At UI

Painter Jane Hammond will give a free public lecture on her work at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 in Room E109 of the University of Iowa Art Building.

Hammond is a guest of the painting and drawing area of the UI School of Art and Art History.

Hammond was born in Bridgeport, Conn., in 1950, and attended Mt. Holyoke College and the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She moved to New York in 1980, where she continues to live and work.

In the late 1980s, Hammond assembled a collection of 276 images taken from can labels, wrapping paper, comics, puzzle pieces, film stills, medical and botanical drawings, illustrations from mysteries, magic-trick manuals, children's books and early-20th-century advertisements. These images represent a fixed vocabulary of images that she takes out of their original context and recombines to create new meanings.

Hammond says her aim is to make paintings "as complicated, inconsistent, varied, multifaceted as you are, as I am, as life is."

"I think my work deals very directly with the time that we live in," she explained. "There's a surfeit of information, increasingly bodiless because of the computer, and I bring to this an interest in how meaning is constructed."

Hammond's work is in many public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Albertina in Vienna, Austria; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Biblioteque Nationale in Paris, France; the Brooklyn Museum of Art; the Contemporary Museum in Honolulu; the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo in Mexico City; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis; and many others.

The School of Art and Art History is part of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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