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MEDIA CONTACT:   Polly Burks
561-297-2595, pburks@fau.edu

FAU Presents Lecture and Gallery Talk About Andean Art

BOCA RATON, FL (October 6, 2008) – The University Galleries in the School of the Arts in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters will host a lecture and gallery talk by art historian Michele Greet in association with the current FAU exhibition Of Rage and Redemption: The Art of Oswaldo Guayasamín. The lecture, “Art in the Andean World of Oswaldo Guayasamín,” will take place Thursday, October 16 at 7 p.m., and the gallery talk will take place on Friday, October 17 at 3:30 p.m. in FAU’s Schmidt Center Gallery on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road. Both events are free and open to the public.

Greet received her post graduate education at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, where she specialized in modern Latin American and European art. While currently assistant professor of history and art history at George Mason University, Greet has also held positions at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York; Georgetown University, Washington, D.C; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. Her forthcoming book entitled, Beyond National Identity: Pictorial Indigenism as a Modernist Strategy in Andean Art, 1920-1960, examines the emergence of modern art in the Andes through case studies of Guayasamín and two other Ecuadorian artists.  

Oswaldo Guayasamín (1919-1999) is one of the most highly regarded Latin American artists of the twentieth century. Though the artist’s work has been exhibited widely in Latin America and Europe, Of Rage and Redemption: The Art of Oswaldo Guaysamin is the first exhibition of the artist’s work in the United States in more than a half a century. FAU is one of six sites for this national tour organized by Vanderbilt University. The exhibition presents works from each of Guayasamín’s definitive periods, starting with his younger years in Quito, Ecuador, the artist’s birthplace, where he was personally confronted with the atrocities of war.   As a socially concerned expressionistic painter, the work of Guayasamín often depicts the indigenous peoples as well as other underprivileged members of society.  

The exhibition is free and open to the public through Saturday, December 6. Further information on other public programs related to the exhibition can be found at www.fau.edu/galleries or by calling 561-297-2966.

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