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Taylor, Mohr to Present Lecture on Digital Art at Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery
10.14.13 |
Lebanon Valley College's Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery presents a lecture by LVC art history professor Dr. Grant Taylor and digital art pioneer Manfred Mohr on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at the Gallery's Zimmerman Recital Hall. The lecture is held in conjunction with the College's Revolution Colloquium Series.

As part of the six-week exhibition, Taylor and Mohr will discuss the work of digital artists known as algorists, artists who were the earliest to use computers to generate works of art. Jean-Pierre Hébert, Mark Wilson, Roman Verostko, along with Mohr, have made some of the most significant and revolutionary contributions to digital art and culture.

"There is a simple elegance to an algorithm. Precise, logical, and finite, this step-by-step procedure is an effective tool for solving mathematical problems. In the form of a computer program, however, the algorithm becomes something else entirely," Taylor writes in the exhibit program.

Taylor is an art historian who specializes in the early history of digital art. In addition to his historical research, Taylor has completed a number of projects, including a documentary film and various installations in America and his native Australia. He teaches a global survey in art and architecture as well as specialty courses in modern and contemporary art, and was awarded the Thomas Rhys Vickroy Award for Outstanding Teaching at LVC in 2010.

Manfred Mohr began his career as a painter and jazz musician before he became interested in using computers to create algorithmic art. He has been featured in numerous exhibits throughout Europe and the United States. His work with computer-generated art was such a revolutionary idea at the time that he was attacked in Paris in the early days of the digital art revolution.

The exhibit will be moving from the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery to the Westside Gallery of the New York Digital Salon at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and will be on display there from Oct. 27 to Nov. 27.

LVC Gallery hours are Wednesdays from 5 to 8 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays from 1 to 4:30 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and by appointment for groups. Schools and other organizations are encouraged to contact the Gallery for a guided visit. Additional information is available at www.lvc.edu/gallery, gallery@lvc.edu, or 717-867-6445.

Revolution is a year-long integrated series of guest speakers, performances, exhibitions, films, and academic courses that will consider the ideas of revolution and evolution as competing yet interdependent ways to describe the changes that surround and shape human life. Preview the complete fall programming at www.lvc.edu/colloquium.


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