October 19, 2005


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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Erik Neil, director of the Newcomb Art Gallery in New Orleans, will give the gallery talk, "Carrie Mae Weems and the Louisiana Project," Friday, Oct. 21, at 5 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell.

The talk, which is open to the public without charge, is being held in conjunction with the Samek Art Gallery exhibit, which may be viewed through Nov. 22.

According to Dan Mills, director of the Samek Art Gallery, "Erik Neil of Tulane's Newcomb Gallery commissioned Weems to create the Louisiana Project to mark the 200th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase. That this stunning work is on view at the Samek, by one of the significant artists of our time, is cause for celebration.

"At the same time, we are all aware of the unfortunate circumstances of Hurricane Katrina and how the resulting flooding has impacted the city of New Orleans. This exhibition is an example of how current events may change the significance and context of our understanding of contemporary art," he said.

"The Louisiana Project" is an installation incorporating still photography, narrative, and video projection as part of an examination of the complex history of New Orleans and the resulting commingling culture.

An internationally recognized photographer and social critic who has called herself a "cultural worker," Weems addresses issues of race, gender and identity in her work.

Neil will meet with Bucknell students earlier that day to discuss the Hurricane Katrina flood and its effect on New Orleans and the Newcomb Art Gallery.

Samek Art Gallery hours are weekdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; weekends 1 to 5 p.m., and by appointment. The Gallery is accessible by elevator. For more information about the gallery, call 577-3792 or see http://www.bucknell.edu/SamekArtGallery/

This exhibit is organized by the Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans, and is touring under the auspices of Pamela Auchincloss/Arts Management, New York.

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Pondering Your Remains by Carrie Mae Weems, 2003

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