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ORLAN Resurfacing: Surgery-Performance Photos and Recent Works Exhibition at FAU
ORLAN will lecture and will be in attendance at the opening reception on December 2


BOCA RATON, FL (November 19, 2010) –Florida Atlantic University’s University Galleries presents the ORLAN Resurfacing: Surgery-Performance Photos and Recent Works Exhibition from Wednesday, December 1, 2010 through Saturday,  January 22, 2011, in the Schmidt Gallery Open Space on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road.  On Thursday, December 2, ORLAN will give a public lecture at 5 p.m. in the Senate Chambers of the Student Union on the Boca Raton campus. She will then be at the opening reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Gallery. The lecture, reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

ORLAN is an  internationally acclaimed French multimedia artist who gained world-wide recognition in the early 1990s for her performances in which she redesigned herself through numerous plastic surgeries.  Incredibly shocking and controversial when they were performed, ORLAN’s surgery-performances were not only historically valuable for the questions they raised concerning beauty, nature and the body; they also remarkably presaged contemporary popular culture’s obsession with plastic surgery.  ORLAN’s recent work continues to investigate concepts of transfiguration through a variety of media, including photography, sculpture and installation.  Her works have been the subject of countless international exhibitions and publications.  ORLAN Resurfacing: Surgery-Performance Photos and Recent Works marks the first U.S. solo exhibition of ORLAN’s surgery-performance photos.

This exhibition is curated by Erica Ando, Ph.D. student in comparative studies of the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters.  The exhibition is generously sponsored by FAU’s Center for Body, Mind and Culture, department of visual arts and art history, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, and the University Galleries.  A special thank you to the Consulate General of France in Miami.

The exhibition is free and open to the public.  Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., closed Sunday. For more information, visit or call 561-297-2966.

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