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Expert On Pornography And The Obscene In Ancient Roman Art To Lecture At U.Va.

October. 4, 2002--

WHO: John R. Clarke, Annie Laurie Howard Regents Professor of Fine Arts, University of Texas, Austin

WHAT: "The 'Secret Museum' from Pompeii to Brooklyn: Pornography, Patriarchy and the Obscene"

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 15, 6 p.m.

WHERE: Campbell Hall, Room 160

John R. Clarke, a Fine Arts Professor from the University of Texas Austin will examine pornography in ancient Roman art and how it relates to present perceptions of the obscene. His lecture "The 'Secret Museum' from Pompeii to Brooklyn: Pornography, Patriarchy and the Obscene" will be presented on Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. in Campbell Hall, Room 160. He will examine obscene antiquities from Herculaneum and Pompeii and the role they played in the creation of the word pornography in the modern sense. Clarke will talk about the way the ancient people viewed the art and discuss recent controversies and attempts at censorship.

Clarke, a specialist in ancient Roman art and architecture, is the author of two books, “The Houses of Roman Italy, 100 B.C. -A.D. 250: Ritual Space and Decoration,” which analyses the imagery of wall paintings and mosaics in 17 houses to gain understanding of the owner's tastes and beliefs. His book, “Looking at Lovemaking: Constructions of Sexuality in Roman Art, 100 B.C.- A.D. 250,” explores how erotic art can reveal ancient Roman attitudes toward love, gender and race. His third book, “Art in the Lives of Ordinary Romans,” is forthcoming.

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For details, contact Maurie D. McInnis at (434) 243-8651 or McInnis@virginia.edu.

Media contact: Sarah Marchetti, (434) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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