Kipp Gallery to Open “Words and Objectivity”

Posted on 3/8/2016 9:37:58 AM

Words and Objectivity gunIUP’s Kipp Gallery will host Spanish artist Mireia Sentis for an artist exhibition, talk, and workshop. The exhibit, titled “Words and Objectivity,” opens March 17, 2016.

A Curator’s Talk with Sentis and an opening reception will be held simultaneously on March 17 from 5:00–7:00 p.m. The reception will be held in Kipp Gallery with the talk presented in McVitty Auditorium. Both spaces are located on the first floor of Sprowls Hall at the corner of 11th and Grant streets. Parking is free in all locations on campus, including the adjacent parking garage, after 5:00 p.m.

Born in Barcelona, Sentis grew up in Paris and studied at Oxford, England, and in Florence, Italy. Sentis is a writer, photographer, and curator who has directed and anchored cultural radio and TV programs in Spain and the U.K. She started working at the United Nations headquarters in 1972, and since then, has been living and working in New York, Barcelona, and Madrid.

In 1983, she began exhibiting her photographic work eceiving critical acclaim from respected columns in Artnews and the New York Times. In 2008, Sentis was the recipient of a retrospective exhibition at the Círculo de Bellas Artes (Madrid) and in 2010 at Arts Santa Mònica (Barcelona).

She is the author of Al Límite del Juego (To the Limit of the Game, 1994), a portrait of SoHo in the 1960s and 70s, and En el Pico del Águila: Una Introducción a la Cultura Ffroamericana (In the Eagle's Beak: An introduction to African American Culture, 1998). She is also the founder/director the Biblioteca Afro Americana in Madrid, which publishes previously untranslated writings in Spanish.  

“Words and Objectivity” is an evolving exhibition experience that unfolds in two phases. During phase one from March 17–25, Kipp Gallery will be transformed into an open classroom where select IUP student artists participate in a concept development and curatorial workshop led by Sentis. During this period, students will consider the contradictory notion of photographic objectivity while investigating collaborative possibilities for their own work. Ultimately, the student artists will coproduce and mount photographs from Senit’s series, “Words,” which will open to the public on March 31 for phase two of the project. 

Kipp Gallery is open Tuesday–Friday from noon until 4:00 p.m. Admission to all events and exhibits is free. The exhibition will close on April 14.

This project has been made possible through contributions from the Department of Art, Department of English, Department of Foreign Languages, Elizabeth Ray Sweeney Fund and Department of Journalism and Public Relations, College of Fine Arts, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the IUP Student Cooperative Association.

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