Arts Series to Feature Ann Hamilton February 12

Posted: February 1, 2007

Updated: February 21, 2007 - Listen to the Audio Clip

Ann Hamilton, a visual artist hailed as one of America's most provocative contemporary installation artists, will deliver the second lecture in the Weissman Center for Leadership and Liberal Arts's Leading Women in the Artsseries February 12 at 7 pm in Gamble Auditorium.

Hamilton's residency on campus will feature a public lecture on her work, discussions with senior studio art students as well as students from across the arts, and a leadership lunch for students from all disciplines.

"Although she comes from a visual arts background and is known for her sensuous, large-scale installation pieces, her work crosses many boundaries and engages many different media," said Jim Coleman, professor of dance and arts coordinator. "She has collaborated with a wide range of artists, including musicians, choreographers, writers, and others. Ann is a very charismatic yet down-to-earth speaker--she was for many years a teacher and continues to be very interested in sharing her work and ideas with students."

Ann Hamilton is renowned for her site-specific works and provocative uses of materials and medium. Her commissions include the Allegheny Riverfront Park in Pittsburgh, which received the Progressive Architecture Citation Award, Corpusfor Mass MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, and commissioned works for the San Francisco Public Library, the Seattle Central Library, and the University of Minnesota.

Launched at the Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Arts in spring 2006, the Leading Women in the Artsprogram reflects the center's support of public presentations by scholars, artists, writers, and practitioners that engage the academic work of the College with the public sphere. Invited guest artists are featured in public campus discussions about the interconnections between creative expression of all forms and cultural transformations.

Trisha Brown, the internationally renowned choreographer, launched the series in spring 2006 with an illuminating discussion about dance, the body, design, and choreography.

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