‘Projecting Identity’ inspires thought

November 12, 2012 8:01 AMComments Off

Photo: Jeremy Leong

Since its opening 1996, the Anderson Art Gallery has been an innovative and interesting addition to Drake University’s campus. The works of art featured there are often done by world-renowned professionals and cover a wide variety of methods, forms and subjects.

This past weekend, a new exhibit opened on Nov. 9. “Projecting Identity” is a work undertaken by many artists. It is a technological exhibit based on the different aspects and meanings of identity. Artists used videos to document and display their concept of identity.

Among the artists displaying videos at the Anderson Art Gallery are Gary Hill and Marina Abramovic. Hill has held exhibits at the Guggenheim Museum in SoHo and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He has received the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship Award and created pieces for Italy, Seattle and London.

Abramovic has received the Golden Lion Award along with ones from the New York Dance and Performance Awards and the International Association of Art Critics. She also has held the largest exhibition of performance art in the Museum of Modern Art’s History during 2010.

There will also be works created by Viet Le, Cui Xuiwen, Miao Xiaochun, Nate Young, ManYee Lam and Kate Gilmore.

On Nov. 14, artist Nate Young, who has shown pieces from Minnesota to California, will discuss his work at the Anderson Gallery. The tour will begin at 7 p.m.

An additional tour will be offered on Nov. 29 at 11 a.m. Professor Carol Spaulding-Kruse, a Drake professor of English, will guide students through the gallery while discussing the theme of identity.

On Friday there was also a screening of “Microcosm,” to kick off Projecting Identity’s exhibition. Shown in the Turner Center, Miao Xiaochun’s 3D animation of twisting images portrays both heaven and hell in the animation.

Together these works create a massive study on identity. Junior art education major Judy Lee commented on the exhibit.

“This exhibit is really beyond art itself. It’s all about showing people who they are and who they could be,” Lee said.

This show, despite its array of famous figures, will be free to the public. It is open until Dec. 14. Hours are 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On Thursdays it is open until 8 p.m.

The Anderson Art Gallery can be contacted at www.artsci.drake.edu/andersongallery, or by phone at 515-271-1994.

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