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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 28, 2010

New Visions Series Presents: Anguish

Memphis, TN–Memphis College of Art hosts Anguish, a New Visions Series Exhibition, October 4 – November 7, 2010. The exhibition, curated by Professor Cynthia Thompson, is the first to debut in the Memphis College of Art Downtown Gallery in the newly relocated Graduate School located at 477 South Main. The Inaugural Reception is Friday, October 8 from 6 to 9 pm. A Trolley Night Reception is Friday, October 29 from 6 to 9 pm. Sponsored by the Downing Pryor Visiting Artist Lecture Series, installation artist Polly Apfelbaum will lecture Tuesday, October 5 at 7 pm in Callicott Auditorium, Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Avenue. Other artists included in this year’s New Visions Series Exhibition are Louise Bourgeois, Tara Donovan, Carson Fox, Jenny Holzer, Anders Krisar, Rosemary Laing, Oscar Muñoz , Kiki Smith and Anna Tsantir.

"Anguish is a visceral portrait of isolation, desire and remorse. Removed from the shadows, a collection of international artists present a visual dialogue which is strikingly raw and at the surface of our emotional armature—one which we work diligently to prevent illuminating," says Professor Thompson about the exhibition. "This imposing presence of fear and loss compounded by images, which while beautiful are laden with sorrow, regret and despondency, and beckon the viewer to pause and reflect on the frailty of contemporary society."

In it’s tenth year, the New Visions Series continues to bring works of art from both nationally recognized artists and emerging artist to Memphis and provides students and the community with the opportunity to experience and view works of art they would otherwise be unable to see. Visiting artists lectures are also scheduled in conjunction with each exhibition providing an educational opportunity to interact with the artists.

Memphis College of Art Downtown Gallery hours are Friday from 4 to 9 pm, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. The exhibition, lecture and receptions are free and open to the public.

Memphis College of Art provides a rigorous curriculum in an intimate, diverse community to empower generations of leading artists, designers and educators to flourish professionally and contribute valuable ideas to society. The region’s only independent art and design college, MCA is fully accredited with expert, nationally renowned faculty and grants BFA, MFA, MA in Art Education and MA in Teaching degrees with graduates excelling in various careers across the country and internationally.

below:
Rosemary Laing
a dozen useless actions for grieving blondes #5, 2009
C Type photograph
30 1/2 x 52 9/16 inches (77.5 x 133.5 cm)
© Rosemary Laing
Courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York


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