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Please Join us on 2/9 for Susan Weil’s James Joyce: Shut Your Eyes and See

January 29, 2016  by: Natalie Fleming

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Please join us for Susan Weil’s James Joyce: Shut Your Eyes and See.  February 9 through March 11, 2016.

Tuesday, February 9th
5 to 7 pm
Remarks by the artist at 6

UB Poetry Collection
420 Capen Hall, North Campus

Susan Weil is fascinated by the relationship between seeing and knowing, and how to represent time, motion and language. She often fractures the picture plane in her work, deconstructing and reconstructing images using a range of materials including collage, blueprint, and paint on recycled canvas, acrylic and wood. The works in this exhibit are all inspired by James Joyce and will be augmented by Joyce manuscripts and ephemera from the UB Poetry Collection.

Coming of age at the center of the New York School with its eclectic cultural influences and interdisciplinary experimentation, Weil studied under Josef Albers at Black Mountain College. Her peers included Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Cy Twombly.

Weil is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Her work is included in The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; National museum, Stockholm; Helsinki City Art Museum; and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid. In 2010, Skira Editore published Susan Weil: Moving Pictures, a comprehensive monograph documenting her large and diverse body of art, livres d’artistes and poetry. Weil’s work was included in the exhibition Frontiers Reimagined (2015), a collateral event of the 56th Venice Biennale.

Tuesday, February 23rd
David Weir, Joyce scholar and Professor Emeritus Cooper Union, presents “Susan Weil: James Joyce and the Uncommon Reader.”
UB Poetry Collection
420 Capen Hall, North Campus

David Weir is Professor Emeritus at The Cooper Union in New York City. He has published eight books, including two on Joyce: James Joyce and the Art of Mediation (University of Michigan Press, 1996) and, more recently, Ulysses Explained: How Homer, Dante, and Shakespeare Inform Joyce’s Modernist Vision.

He says of his talk: “The New York artist Susan Weil got to know the works of James Joyce before she learned to read—when her father recited passages from Finnegans Wake to her out loud. Later, she began to render the rhythm of Joyce’s language visually, making her a most uncommon reader of that least visual of modernist authors. But it would be a mistake to say that Weil illustrates Joyce’s fiction; rather, her work hovers somewhere between interpretation and collaboration. As a visual reader who literally draws meaning out of Joyce’s work, Weil has much to teach us about alternative ways of reading—and enjoying—all of Joyce, from the epiphanies to Ulysses and even Finnegans Wake.”

Sponsored by: the Departments of Art, English, and Comparative Literature, the Modernisms Workshop, riverrun, and the Poetry Collection of the University Libraries 

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