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Art and Design lecture series features internationally acclaimed artist Mark Dion

October 5, 2012

Artwork by Mark Dion.

The Department of Art and Design at Loyola University New Orleans will continue its lecture series this month with two renowned guest artists. Both lectures are free and open to the public.

Internationally acclaimed artist Mark Dion will present the lecture series on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. in Miller Hall, Room 114. Dion’s work examines the ways in which dominant ideologies and public institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge and the natural world. According to Dion, an artist’s job is “to go against the grain of dominant culture, to challenge perception and convention."

Appropriating archaeological and other scientific methods of collecting, ordering and exhibiting objects, Dion creates works that question the distinctions between objective, rational scientific methods and subjective, irrational influences.

A Massachusetts native, Dion received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and an honorary doctorate from the University of Hartford, School of Art, Connecticut. He has had major exhibitions at the Miami Art Museum in Florida, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and Tate Gallery in London, England. His work “Neukom Vivarium,” a permanent outdoor installation and learning lab for the Olympic Sculpture Park, was commissioned by the Seattle Art Museum. Dion’s appearance is part of the Mark Grote Visiting Artist and Biever Grant Lecture Series.

New media artist Derek Larson will present a lecture on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s Hall, Room 201. Larson’s intriguing work straddles the lines between painting, sculpture and video art. After receiving a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from the Yale University of Art in 2007, he has exhibited extensively across the globe and currently heads the New Media Department at Georgia Southern University. On Friday, Oct. 12, Larson will open his exhibition “Tantric Wealth” at the May Gallery in the St. Claude neighborhood, and on Oct. 13 at 3 p.m., he will join other local artists, including Loyola alumna Annie Yalon ’05, at an artists’ roundtable discussion on the future of new media.

For more information, contact Jess Brown in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at 504-861-5882 or jlbrown@loyno.edu.

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