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FAU Presents 'From the Gutter,' a Week of Programs Associated with the Raymond Pettibon Exhibition

            BOCA RATON, FL (January 6, 2011) –
The University Galleries in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at Florida Atlantic University will present a series of events from Friday, January 14, through Saturday,  January 22, 2011, titled “From the Gutter,” in association with the Raymond Pettibon: The Punk Years, 1978-1986 exhibition. The series includes films, lectures and music events. All programs are free and open to the public.

The Pettibon “Punk Years,” which is on display through Saturday, January 22, in FAU’s Schmidt Center Gallery, presents over 150 works from the artists’ early years as a graphic artist making posters and record covers for the preeminent L.A. punk band “Black Flag” and other Los Angeles punk bands. The exhibition is supplemented with more recent art by Pettibon and a performance space environment where film and musical performances occur.

The first event of the public programs week will take place on Friday, January 14 at 6 p.m. with a performance by the FAU Hoot Wisdom recording group Bladesong in the Schmidt Center Gallery.

On Tuesday, January 18, at 7 p.m., film artist Bill Daniel will present “Sonic Orphans,” also in the Schmidt Center Gallery. A Texas-born, San Francisco exile and confirmed tramp, Daniel experiments with survivalism and bricolage in his attempts to record and report on the various social margins he often inhabits. Working without an art or film school education, he endeavors to make work that connects with an outsider audience.  “Sonic Orphans” is a compilation reel of lost and found clips projected on 16 mm; some silent, some that rock. They are all rare and strange celluloid gems. Many have been seen by almost no one and have never been on YouTube. Most of this footage is truly orphaned film (abandoned, lost and found) and now presented raw without editing. Daniel will install a selection of his still photos for the screening. His photos will remain on view until the end of the Pettibon exhibition.

On Wednesday, January 19, at 1 p.m. in the Board of Trustees Room in the  FAU Fort Lauderdale Building, Daniel will present “Who is Bozo Texino?” a film shot on freight hopping trips across the Wild West. The film was 16 years in the making and is the mostly factual cinematic account of the epic search and unlikely discovery of ho-bohemia’s most legendary boxcar artist. This is a spectacular travel adventure faithfully photographed in black and white at considerable risk of speeding freight trains.

On Thursday, January 20, in the Schmidt Center Gallery, FAU Assistant Professor Eric Landes of the department of visual arts and art history will present a lecture on punk graphics titled “Cut & Paste: Typography, Violence & the Punk Rock Aesthetic.” His lecture presents the violence and utopian idealism of futurism and the 20th century avant-garde movements that provided the ideologic and aesthetic underpinnings of what we know as the cut-and-pasted, photocopied, lo-fi punk aesthetic. Landes will discuss the history and symbolic importance of punk’s visual language and its role in shaping the graphic design of its era and beyond.

Two musical performances round out the program offerings. On Friday, January 21, at 6 p.m. in the Schmidt Center Gallery, the “FAU Punk Kollective” will present a concert. Then, on Saturday, January 22, at 6 p.m., several teen-aged musicians from the Coral Springs-based School of Rock will perform in the Schmidt Center Gallery to officially close the exhibition.

The “From the Gutter” series and  “Raymond Pettibon: The Punk Years, 1978-86” exhibition have been made possible by and in collaboration with FAU’s School of Communication and Multimedia Studies, department of music, department of visual arts and art history, and the Comparative Studies Ph.D. program.

“Raymond Pettibon: The Punk Years, 1978-86” is the first in Independent Curators International’s (ICI) Exhibitions in a Box series. Organized and circulated by ICI in New York, this exhibition has been assembled by David Platzker. The exhibition is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the ICI Board of Trustees; and ICI Benefactors Barbara and John Robinson.”

The University Galleries are open Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m., and Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Dates, times and locations are subject to change. For more information, visit or call 561-297-2966.

- FAU –

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