U.S. Artist to Give 2009 Shenkman Lecture

March 04, 2009 - News Release

Roni Horn, an internationally recognized American artist, will give the third annual Shenkman Lecture in Contemporary Art at the University of Guelph March 11 at 5:30 p.m. in War Memorial Hall.

Hosted by the School of Fine Art and Music, the event is free and open to the public.

In conjunction with the lecture, master of fine arts students and specialized studio undergraduates will open their studios to visitors from 3 to 5:15 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. in Blackwood Hall, the Fire Hall and the Textiles Building.

Regarded as a minimalist, Horn is best known for work that mixes the personal and the abstract in unique ways. Her artistic practice has included sculpture, drawing, lithography, installation and bookworks.

A major retrospective of her work, “Roni Horn aka Roni Horn,” opened Feb. 25 at London’s Tate Modern and continues until May 25. From there, it will travel to the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

During her career, Horn has completed a number of major photographic projects, including “Index Cixous,” a portrait of 79 photos of famous feminist theorist Hélène Cixous; “You are the weather,” an exhibition (and book) of 100 almost identical portraits of a young woman bathing in Iceland; and “Earth Grows Thick,” a meditation on the poetry of Emily Dickinson that takes the form of sculpture and text. In 1990, she began an ongoing series of artist’s books called “To Place.”

Horn has had a number of significant one-person shows since she began exhibiting in the 1980s, including at the Musée d’Art Moderne and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Dia Center for the Arts in New York City, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Chinati Foundation in Texas.

The Shenkman Lecture series was established in 2007 through an endowment provided by Dasha Shenkman, a Canadian art collector who now lives in the United Kingdom.

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona Hunt at Ext. 53338, lhunt@uoguelph.ca or Barry Gunn, Ext. 56982, bagunn@uoguelph.ca.

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