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Visual Artist To Give 2004 Spring Art History McIntire Lecture At The University Of Virginia

March 4, 2004 --

WHO: P. Adams Sitney, professor of visual arts, Princeton University

WHAT: Lecture on “The Relics of Modernism,” part of the
2004 Spring Art History McIntire Lecture Series

WHEN: Thursday, March 18, 6 p.m.

WHERE: Campbell Hall, Room 160

Accompanying film screenings: 5:30 p.m., Hollis Frampton’s
“ Gloria!” and at 6 p.m., Stan Brakhage’s “Visions in Meditation
#2: Mesa Verde”

P. Adams Sitney is a distinguished figure in the world of avant-garde cinema. During the 1960s he was a member of the editorial staff at Film Culture magazine, then the pre-eminent forum in the United States for writing on independent cinema. In 1969 he participated in the founding of Anthology Film Archives, the first museum devoted to the preservation, study and exhibition of film art. Sitney has lectured on and taught the history of cinema as a visual art for 40 years and has been professor of visual studies at Princeton University since 1980.

He has written two very influential anthologies, “Film Culture Reader” (1970, second edition 2000) and “Avant-Garde Film: A Reader of History and Criticism” (1978).

Sitney’s book, “Visionary Film: The American Avant-Garde, 1943-2000” (1974, third edition 2002), is the definitive study of the history and aesthetics of experimental cinema in the United States. His most recent books include “Modernist Montage: The Obscurity of Vision in Literature and Cinema” (1990), a volume of essays on cinema’s relation to key issues in modernist aesthetics, and “Vital Crises in Italian Cinema: Iconography/Stylistics/Politics” (1995).

A prolific lecturer, Sitney will discuss collage in the work of filmmakers Hollis Frampton and Stan Brakhage in his U.Va. appearance. The screening of two short films will precede Sitney’s talk: Frampton’s “Gloria!” (1979) and Brakhage’s “Visions in Meditation #2: Mesa Verde” (1989). Sitney’s lecture is presented as part of “Sample This,” the University’s semester-long program devoted to the art of collage.

Contact: Katherine Thompson Jackson, (434) 924-3629

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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