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San Francisco artist closes exhibit with talk and reception

January 14, 2011

Artist and San Francisco Art Institute professor Allan deSouza will give a free talk about his exhibit, “Courses of Empire,” on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 5 p.m. at Loyola University New Orleans. The lecture will take place in the Danna Student Center’s Audubon Room and a reception will follow at 7 p.m. in the Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery in Loyola’s Monroe Library, where the exhibit is displayed.

The exhibit and lecture are presented as part of Loyola’s Visiting Artist Series, supported by the Mark Grote Visiting Artist Fund and the Biever Guest Lecture Series.

The major part of the installation is formed by deSouza’s entire collection of personal and family photographs arranged on the gallery floor in the form of a map of New Orleans. Upon entering the gallery, viewers walk over the photographs, damaging and erasing them in the manner of the Katrina floods, in order to view the photographs on the gallery walls.

“Courses of Empire” also includes photographs of cityscapes. According to deSouza, these cityscapes reference Thomas Cole’s 1833-36 similarly-titled painting series and borrow their color palette and initial arrangements from Giorgio Morandi’s mid-20th century Natura Morta paintings.

deSouza is studio faculty and chair of new genres at the San Francisco Art Institute. Born in Nairobi, Kenya and of South Asian descent, he studied in England at Goldsmith’s College and Bath Academy of Art, and in the U.S. at the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York City and at the University of California, Los Angeles.

For more information, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.

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