Nov. 1, 2004


LEWISBURG, Pa. — Sam Yates, director of the Ewing Gallery at University of Tennessee and curator of the Samek Art Gallery exhibition, "The Intimate Collaboration: Twenty-five Years of Teaberry Press," will speak about curating exhibitions Monday, Nov. 8, at 5 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is open to the public without charge, will be followed by a reception.

"Sam Yates has been curating exhibitions for more than 30 years. He has curated contemporary, folk and outsider art, architecture, and also has consulted for history museums," said Dan Mills, director of the Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell University.

Some of the artists he has curated early or major shows of include: feminist artist Mary Beth Edelson, figurative painter Alice Neel, provocative painter Peter Saul, conceptual artist Dennis Oppenheim, and noted African American painter Joseph Delaney.

"Yates also has curated a number of shows that were controversial at their time, such as "Cartoon-orama," which included the underground artist Robert Crumb, and "Art on Wheels," focusing on motorcycle `tank art.' While major museums now regularly mount exhibitions focusing on this material, this was not the case 25 years ago," said Mills.

Yates will discuss the projects in an informal conversation supported by slides and exhibition catalogues. "I am interested in having my presentation be a conversation with the audience, rather than a lecture, " he said.

"Over the years, I have organized many exhibitions and worked with some fascinating individuals—in fine art but also folk and outsider art, architecture and popular culture. I would like to have a conversation with students and others interested in curating and exhibitions that draw upon these experiences."

"The Intimate Collaboration: Twenty-five Years of Teaberry Press," may be seen in the Samek Art Gallery through Dec. 5. Admission to the gallery 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

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