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FAU Exhibition Features Works of Raymond Pettibon and the California Punk Era

            BOCA RATON, FL (November 2, 2010) – Florida Atlantic University’s University Galleries in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters presents Raymond Pettibon: The Punk Years, 1978-86, from Saturday, November 13 through Saturday, January 22, in the Schmidt Gallery on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road.  The exhibition will include a selection of museum-quality works by the artist, as well as a program of screenings, music and lectures that celebrates the legacy of the California punk culture.  There will be an opening reception on Friday, November 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Schmidt Center Gallery. University Galleries exhibitions, programs and events are free and open to the public.

Raymond Pettibon: The Punk Years, 1978-86, is a traveling exhibition organized by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York, and assembled by New York-based curator and dealer David Platzker. The exhibition features Pettibon’s early graphic works from the California punk rock era, and includes more than 200 examples of Pettibon’s aggressively powerful designs created for the band Black Flag (whose lead vocalist was Henry Rollins) and other well-known punk bands, including Sonic Youth, Hüsker Dü, Circle Jerks and the Dead Kennedys. In the past 20 years, Pettibon has developed an international reputation as a leading contemporary artist who offers piercing commentary on diverse aspects of American culture through his characteristic comic book style. A synthesis of music and the visual arts, this multi-media exhibition includes posters, gig fliers, zines, album covers along with their albums, T-shirts, skateboard decks, CDs and videos.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the University Galleries will present a selection of more recent drawings and a video work by Pettibon culled from South Florida private collections.  This display of works demonstrates a development of the artist’s style and showcases the high quality of art in local collections.  The gallery will also contain an environment created for video projections and musical performances. A selection of rarely seen punk-era film and video works, curated by Shane Eason of FAU’s School of Communication and Multimedia Studies, will be screened daily during gallery hours throughout the entire exhibition. 

In conjunction with the exhibition, a program of screenings, music and lectures collectively called, “From the Gutter” will be presented throughout the duration of the exhibition. This will include several musical performances and lectures. On Friday, November 12 at 6 p.m., outside the Schmidt Gallery, there will be a punk-inspired musical performance by FAU’s U Punk Köllektiv, directed and organized by James E. Cunningham and Alejandro Sánchez-Samper of FAU’s Department of Music. Then, on Tuesday, November 16 at 7 p.m., FAU Hoot/Wisdom Recording artist SirVeza will perform at the Schmidt. On Wednesday, November 17 at 7 p.m., Ryan Moore, assistant professor in FAU’s department of sociology and author of “Sells Like Teen Spirit: Music, Youth Culture and Social Crisis,” will lecture on “Reagan Youth: Black Flag in 1980s Southern California” in the Performing Arts Building, room 101.

In December, the program “From the Gutter” will continue with rarely-seen punk era videos and films. Then, in January, Bill Daniel, an award-winning, experimental documentary film artist, will present a selection of his punk-era films and videos; FAU Hoot/Wisdom Recording artist Bladesong and FAU’s U Punk Köllektiv will perform; and Eric Landes, FAU department of art and art history, will lecture on “Cut and Paste: Typography, Violence & the Punk Rock Aesthetic.” 

The University Galleries are open Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m., and Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m. All events, unless indicated, will take place in the Schmidt Center Gallery at FAU.  Dates, times and locations are subject to change. For more information, visit or call 561-297-2966.

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“Raymond Pettibon: The Punk Years, 1978-86
is the first in ICI’s Exhibitions in a Box series. Organized and circulated by Independent Curators International (ICI), 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.”

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