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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

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Media Contact: Traci Peterson, Office:817-272-9208, Cell:817-521-5494, tpeterso@uta.edu

ARLINGTON - Internationally renowned artist Alfredo Jaar will offer insight into his award-winning work during a special presentation at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010, in the Architecture Building, Room 204.

Alfredo Jaar’s “Lament of the Images” installation

Alfredo Jaar’s “Lament of the Images” installation includes an enormous blank screen that emanates a white glare. Jaar said the work serves as a visual allegory of humanity’s capacity to witness reality but be withdrawn from it at the same time.

Jaar, who lives and works in New York City as an artist, architect and filmmaker, recently completed two public commis­sions: The Park of the Laments for the Indianapolis Museum of Art and The Geometry of Conscience, located next to the Museum of Memory and Human Rights in Santiago de Chile.

Jaar's appearance is a Festival of Ideas event supported by the College of Liberal Arts. Support also comes from the Department of Art and Art History and the School of Architecture.

During his visit to UT Arlington, Jaar will meet with undergraduate and graduate students from art and architecture programs.

"Alfredo's work reaches beyond aesthetics and other formal concerns of art or the art market," said Stephen Lapthisophon, visiting professor of art and art history. "He addresses issues of conscience, our shared social responsibility and culture. His role as a public intellectual asks viewers and our students to examine the role of artists in society and to see why and how we make culture today."

Jaar became a Guggenheim Fellow in 1985 and a MacArthur Fellow in 2000. In 2006, he received Spain's Premio Extremadura a la Creación.

He has created more than 60 "public interventions" around the world, art installations that often incorporate photography and cover socio-political issues and regional wars. His work has been showcased in Venice, São Paulo, Sydney, Istanbul, Kwangju, Johannesburg, and Moscow.

General tickets to Jaar's presentation are limited, and those interested should contact the UT Arlington Department of Art and Art History at 817-272-2891.

The Festival of Ideas began in 2005 with a generous donation by UT Arlington alumnus Mustaque Ahmed ('81). In 2007, that support grew into an endowment that would guarantee the continuity of the Festival events. It also provides a venue for research into the world's significant cultural and intellectual issues, integrating the scholarship and creative activity of UT Arlington's faculty and graduate students with the insights gained from presentations by world-renowned experts who visit the UT Arlington campus.

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