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Release: Aug. 24, 2001

UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

LECTURE ON GILLIAN WEARING SEPT. 6 -- Kathleen Edwards, the curator of prints, drawings, photographs and new media at the University of Iowa Museum of Art, will speak on "Gillian Wearing and the Art of Exposure" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6 in the museum.

Edwards’s lecture, which will be free and open to the public, is presented in conjunction with the showing of "Drunk," a video by Wearing that is a recent acquisition of the Museum of Art. Edwards will discuss "Drunk" and other works by Wearing.

The initial acquisition for the museum’s new collection of media art, "Drunk," presents disturbing and haunting images of London street drinkers. Wearing won the distinguished Turner Prize in 1997 and is the subject of a major retrospective touring American museums in 2002. "Drunk" will be complemented by showings of Wearing’s 1999 work "I Love You," a 60-minute single-channel video, to be shown Thursdays at 4 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. through September and October.

"Gillian Wearing is among the top video artists working today," Edwards said. "Her work depends on the participation of people who exist outside normal social boundaries. She concentrates on the relationship between public surfaces and private lives, established norms and individual compulsions. Her work dwells on interactions between families, lovers and friends, with results that can be variously humorous, poignant and problematic for the viewer.

"‘‘Drunk’ is the result of three years of filming neighborhood street drinkers in her studio. But ‘Drunk’ is not a narrative with a message. Wearing’s editing stylizes the gestures and placement of the figures, making references to art of the past, dance, theater and comedy. The effect of this combination of documentary method and formal rigor is that Wearing can show things as they really are without sentimentality or moralism."

M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for public events at the museum during the 2001-02 season at the UI Museum of Art, through the University of Iowa Foundation. Wearing’s "I Love You" is presented courtesy of the artist and Gorney Bravin + Lee, New York.

For information on the UI Museum of Art, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/uima on the World Wide Web. Information is available on other UI arts events at http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 10 p.m. Thursdays. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.