This quarter Allan will be discussing Julie Mehretu’s recent paintings about the history of 19th c. Westward expansion, gentrification and public protest in the panel “Formalism and Political Efficacy” at the annual conference of The Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present in New Orleans https://asap10.tulane.edu/. These large-scale abstract works, HOWL, eon (I, II), were installed in the atrium of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2017 and Mehretu’s response to the complicated history of the Bay Area and the American West connects directly to Prof. Allan’s fall quarter course “Art & Place in the US West.” See Mehretu discuss this new work here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcM3lF4Es_s
The Hedreen Gallery at the Lee Center for the Arts is dedicated to the vibrancy of Seattle's artistic community. Our mission is to support the work of emerging artists and exhibit new work by established artists: local, national, international. We strive to catalyze artistic process and dialogue; to connect artists, audiences, and resources; and to engage the community in the arts. Always free and open to the public.
Seattle U High-Resolution Media Artist in Residence 2018, artist Dan Paz's multimedia exhibition "the sun never knew how great it was until it struck the side of a building" integrates forms of high-resolution video technology, choreographed dance, participatory public art, cast concrete sculpture and early photogram technology to explore and analyze the physical and psychological effects of light in forms of forced collectivity and voluntary collectivity. Paz's investigations highlight material choices in carceral construction (specifically youth detention centers) and recreational sports environments- foregrounding the relationship between the manipulation and management of light and the manipulation and management of social and political power.
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From partnerships with the Frye Museum, and Photo Center Northwest, to the Seattle University Artist in Residence program, Pigott Family Endowment for the Arts, the Art, Art History and Design department offers students innovative opportunities beyond the classroom.
Seattle University has four galleries on campus. Our students have 24 hour access to printmaking, ceramics, painting, sculpture and drawing studios, and our faculty are widely renowned in their fields.