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ART=TEXT=ART Exhibition, Curated by Students in the Visual Studies Graduate Program, Opens September 20th

August 27, 2014  by: Natalie Fleming

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ART=TEXT=ART: PRIVATE LANGUAGES / PUBLIC SYSTEMS, an exhibition curated by graduate students Sarah JM Kolberg, Cat Dawson, and Maddie Phinney, under the direction of Jonathan D. Katz, Director of the Doctoral Program in Visual Studies, will open on September 20, 2014 with a reception from 6:00 – 8:00pm at the UB Anderson Gallery.  The exhibition will be on view until January 11, 2015.

ART=TEXT=ART: PRIVATE LANGUAGES / PUBLIC SYSTEMS explores the advent of language in the visual arts in post-war America and the simultaneous emergence of concrete poetry. These practices embraced language’s ability to carry multiple, even contradictory meanings, thus creating a space for individual acts of anti-conformist thought. Through words in art, flirtations with ideas unauthorized by then-dominant socio-political realities were allowed expression, especially among an early generation of LGBTQ artists. 

An online exhibition catalogue featuring images, texts, sound, and audio commentary by more than 45 contributors, including curatorial essays by Sarah JM Kolberg, Cat Dawson, Maddie Phinney, and Jonathan D. Katz, accompanies the exhibition and can be found at

For more information:
UB Art Galleries – ART=TEXT=ART

202 Center for the Arts, North Campus
Buffalo, New York 14260-6010
(716) 645-6878
(716) 645-6970 fax
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