Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Visiting Artist Lectures in MTSU Walker Library

Los Angeles-based artist Tucker Neel is the Fall 2008 Visiting Artist working on the replica 18th century printing press in the James E. Walker Library. He will hold a lecture open to students and faculty, Thursday, October 2, 2008 at 11:30a.m., room 475 here in the Library.

Neel’s work from the printing press will be part of an exhibition at a Nashville art gallery. In a nod to the political season, Snow Gallery is presenting Monuments to the Pres(id)ent, an exhibition of new work Friday, October 3, 2008, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

As an artist concerned with questions of how memory and memorialization influence subjective and national identity, Neel reflects on the current political landscape with new work questioning notions of choice, nationalist symbolism, allegiance, ideology, and, specifically, the iconography associated with political debate and electioneering.

This exhibition is purposefully situated in a very specific political and social context, occurring in the heart of the 2008 Presidential election. With one of the presidential debates just around the corner from Snow Gallery, 1517 Dallas Avenue, Nashville, http://www.snowgallery.net/, this exhibition exists as a complimentary open-ended forum, a place to reflect not just on the current political climate, but on how our present-day actions and beliefs are tied up in objects, images, and memories from the past.

The replica 18th century printing press is located on the fourth floor of the Library, room 462. For more information call 615-898-5376.

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