Feb. 7, 2005


LEWISBURG, Pa. — Art historian and curator Ming Tiampo will present "Lights, Action, Camera! Performance and the Gutai Group" as part of the ongoing Samek Art Gallery exhibit "Resounding Spirit: Japanese Contemporary Art of the 1960s" at Bucknell University.

Tiampo's talk, which will be given Friday, Feb. 11, at 5 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center, is the second talk held in conjunction with the exhibit.

The experimental Gutai artists were innovative by "… incorporating time and theatricality into painting, expanding the notion of painting beyond just paint and canvas, and employing print media as its stage both at home and abroad," according to Tiampo.

Formed in 1954 in Osaka, the Gutai group were pioneers of later directions in art such as "Happening" performance art and "Environmental art." Tiampo is working on a book analyzing the Gutai movement and its exchanges with the United States, France and Italy.

Assistant professor at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Tiampo is a founding member of the Centre for Transnational Cultural Analysis at Carleton. The recipient of a doctorate from Northwestern University, she recently collaborated on "Moments de Déstruction, Moments de Beauté." Her published articles cover a variety of topics on post-war Japanese and French art and she has lectured in North America, Europe and Asia.

"This exhibition and these talks by noted art historians continue the long-standing tradition of programming excellence and thinking globally at Bucknell's Samek Art Gallery," said Dan Mills, director of the Samek Art Gallery.

The exhibit will run until March 8. Admission to the Samek Art Gallery, located on the third floor of the Elaine Langone Center, and to the talk, is free. Gallery hours are weekdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, call 570-577-3792 or check http://www.bucknell.edu/SamekArtGallery.

This exhibition year is sponsored by a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, which is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; the Association for the Arts of Bucknell University; the departments of art and art history, and East Asian studies; and the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

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