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 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withdrawn from it at the same time.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
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
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
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