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Artist Patricia Cronin to Speak at Loyola University New Orleans

Loyola press release - April 5, 2016

In her work, Loyola Spring 2016 Visiting Artist Patricia Cronin explores issues surrounding gender, sexuality and social justice

The Loyola University New Orleans Department of Art’s Spring 2016 Visiting Artist Patricia Cronin will speak tonight at the university, as part of the university's Mark Grote Artist Lecture Series. Cronin's talk will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Miller Hall, Room 114 on Loyola's main campus, 6363 St. Charles Ave. The event is free and open to the public.

A New York-based conceptual artist and author widely exhibited in the United States and in Europe, Cronin's dramatic sculptures, paintings and installations subvert art historical images and forms with contemporary political content.

“I love thinking about the juxtaposition of symbolism and functionality,” she said in an interview with Hyperallergic.com, “collapsing two diametrically opposed concepts into each other.”

Cronin uses this technique to examine issues surrounding gender, sexuality and social justice, as seen in her recent critically-praised project for the 2015 Venice Biennale in Venice, Italy, “Shrine for Girls,” a comment on the global plight of exploited women and girls.

“With Shrine For Girls, Venice,” she told Hyperallergic.com, “I wanted to create a space for global bereavement over three tragic events through the symbolism of the clothing that women and girls traditionally wear in the geographical areas represented: Nigeria, India, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and the United States.

“As I’ve said before, there’s the concept of the ‘identifiable victim effect,’ in which one death is a tragedy but 1,000 deaths are just a statistic,” she said. “There is a way in which we tend to accept the idea of violence against women as ‘just the way things are’ — part of the status quo. My goal here is to get people to see what is really happening to women and girls all around the world. I want to un-numb both the viewer and myself.”