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Symposium to address Bruce Nauman’s early art

The Film Studies Center presents a one-day symposium on “The Early Films of Bruce Nauman.” The symposium will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 17 at the Center, Cobb Hall 307 (5811 S. Ellis Ave.)

“…beginning in 1966, Nauman used 16mm celluloid film for numerous projects that explore performativity, his body, dance, the creative process, and the conceptual, perceptual parameters of figuration and abstraction. The group of scholars and curators who have been invited possess an exceptional range of expertise in experimental film, video, and new media practice; mid-century modern and conceptual art; corporeal aesthetics and figuration; and technology’s place in our cultural heritage.”

Nauman’s practice spans a broad range of media including sculpture, photography, neon, video, drawing and performance. Born in 1941 in Indiana, Nauman is fascinated by the nature of communication and language’s inherent problems, as well as the role of the artist as supposed communicator and manipulator of visual symbols.

The symposium will feature lectures by Constance Lewallen (Curator of Contemporary Art, University Art Museum, Berkeley, CA), a roundtable discussion, and a screening of 9x16mm films.

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