Installation-Artist Ann Hamilton to Give Presentation at the University
24, 2000 -- Artist Ann Hamilton, recipient of a 1993
MacArthur Foundation grant, will give a presentation of her work
on Thursday, Jan. 27 at 3:30 p.m. in Campbell Hall at the University
the 1999 U.S. representative to the 48th Venice Biennale exhibition
of international contemporary art, will show a video of the installation
she created for the U.S. pavilion there. The work entitled "Myein"
from the Greek root word that means mystery, deals with a combination
of perceptions and thoughts, a theme that runs through her work
and will be the topic of her lecture.
will also give a discussion of her work at noon on Friday, Jan.
28 in Campbell Hall, Room 158. In her Biennale installation, Hamilton
incorporates a glass wall outside the building which distorts the
view of the U.S pavilion. A poem about human struggles and sufferings,
by Charles Reznikoff rendered in Braille on the white walled interior
catches the drifting fine red powder that floats down from the ceiling,
making the words visible but still mysterious.
the background, a whispered recording of Hamilton's voice can be
heard reciting words about slavery and healing taken from Abraham
Lincoln's second inaugural address. Critics have praised her work
as both cerebral and sensory at the same time.
Dobrzynski, in her spring 1999 New York Times article on Hamilton
said, "The installation deals with how we know what we know and
what we blind ourselves to, how the invisible affects us and how
the visible can be veiled, how we learn from seeing and touching.
It is about looking very hard at the things we humans do to one
presentation is sponsored by the Forum for Contemporary Thought
more informatin contact Joshua Dienstag at (804) 924-3664 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jane Ford, (804) 924-4298.