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Hanes Visiting Artist Lecture: Dana Schutz

January 28, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Reception following lecture.

Dana Schutz’s work has been described as ‘teetering on the edge of tradition and innovation’. ’My paintings are loosely based on metanarratives. The pictures float in and out of pictorial genres. Still lifes become personified, portraits become events and landscapes become constructions. I embrace the area between which the subject is composed and decomposing, formed and formless, inanimate and alive. Recently I have been making paintings of sculptural goddesses, transitory still lifes, people who make things, people who are made and people who have the ability to eat themselves. Although the paintings themselves are not specifically narrative, I often invent imaginative systems and situations to generate information. These situations usually delineate a site where making is a necessity, audiences potentially don’t exist, objects transcend their function and reality is malleable .’ Dana Schutz 2004

Dana Schutz is an artist living and working in New York. She graduated with a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2000 and an MFA from Columbia University in 2002. Her work is present in many of the major museums in North America and Europe, as well as in several important private collections. A number of her works are in the Saatchi Gallery and a large canvas titled “How we cured the plague, 2007” is currently on display in the permanent collection of the prestigious Mart Museum (Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Trento e Rovereto) in Italy. Her first European solo show, Self Eaters and the People Who Love Them, was presented by LFL Gallery at Paris’s Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin.

An endowment established in 1983 through the generosity of Nancy and Robin Hanes supports the Art Department’s Visiting Artist Series. This important program brings both established and emerging artists to campus to discuss their work in public lectures and to offer individual critiques to our M.F.A. students.  The Hanes Visiting Artist series greatly enriches both our academic programs and our outreach to the wider community.  All lectures are free and open to the public.

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January 28, 2014
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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