UT Art Series Explores Light & Mass in Art Works

Posted Sep 8th, 2009 by Angela Riddel  Category: Arts & Entertainment,


The University of Toledo will host a series of events exploring the role of light and mass in works of art. There will be a series of lectures and a faculty exhibit. The faculty exhibit runs now through October 4, 2009 in the gallery of the UT Center for the Visual Arts (CVA), which is located at 620 Grove Place, adjacent to the Toledo Museum of Art. The lectures will be held in the Haigh Auditorium of the CVA.

UT Faculty Exhibit Features the Work of:
Diana Attie, Professor of Art–Drawing
Dustyn Bork, Lecturer–Foundations & Printmaking
Christopher Burnett, Associate Professor–New Media – Digital
Seder Burns, Visiting Associate Professor
Mania Dajnak, Part-time Instructor—2D Design
Debra Davis, Department Chair, and Professor of Art–New Media – Digital – Photography
Brent Dedas, Visiting Assistant Professor–Foundations – Drawing
Rex Fogt, Professor of Art–Ceramics
Tom Lingeman, Professor of Art–Sculpture
Barbara F. Miner, Director of Foundations, Associate Professor
Deborah Orloff, Director–Photography, Professor of Art–New Media – Photography
Karen Roderick-Lingeman, Lecturer–Ceramics/Art Education
Arturo Rodriguez, Associate Professor of Art–Printmaking

Light & Mass Lecture Series:

September 16, 4 to 5 pm – Lawrence Anderson-Huang, Professor of Astronomy and Director of the Ritter Planetarium
“The ‘Weightiness’ of Light”
Lawrence Anderson-Huang will cover theories of light from ancient times to the present, considering spiritual, particle, and wave concepts leading to understanding the “weightiness” or “volume” of light-filled spaces. These observations will be used to illuminate qualities of light that appear in works of art.

September 30, 4 to 5 pm, Melissa Kempke and Eric Sobel, Students in the Art History Program (in consultation with Mysoon Rizk, Associate Professor of Art History)

“Projecting Expression: The Art and Times of William Kentridge” (Melissa Kempke)
The talk will discuss innovative South African artist William Kentridge, describe his cinematic techniques for projecting drawings in time, and explore the connections between his art and politics, including the history of South African apartheid.

“Art in the Dark: Shedding New Light on ‘Blackness'” (Eric Sobel)
By manipulating light and mass (or lack thereof), David Hammons recalls the theatrics of Yves Klein, addressing racism in the process, along with museum practices and assumptions about black artists. An exploration of complete darkness and blue light, _Concerto in Black and Blue_ (2002), among other Hammons works, undercuts many African-American stereotypes while exposing the multifaceted nature of “blackness.”

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