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Hite celebrates 75 years of fine arts

by UofL Today last modified Oct 15, 2012 01:04 PM

The University of Louisville Hite Art Institute is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Department of Fine Arts through October and November with several exhibitions and events.

Hite celebrates 75 years of fine arts

The Entombment by Bob Thompson. Private Collection. Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY.

Admission to each is free and open to the public.

Here’s the schedule:

Oct. 11–Nov. 11: “Making it: Now,” an exhibition of work by 55 alumni who graduated between 2000 and 2010. Schneider Hall galleries, Belknap Campus.

There are several events in conjunction with the exhibition:

Oct. 10, 6 p.m.–7 p.m., “2012 U.S. Cities Contemporary Art Rankings: A New Hierarchical Approach” (Louisville 2012 edition), pre-opening interactive performance by Andy Sturdevant, Schneider Hall galleries.

Oct. 11, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m., opening reception, Schneider Hall galleries.

Oct. 12, noon, Strategies: Where did we go from here,” A panel discussion on their strategies for a career in the arts by the UofL alumni from the “Making it: Now” exhibition. Schneider Hall galleries.

Other anniversary events include:

Oct. 13, 1 p.m.–3 p.m. Hite Art Institute Open House & Portfolio Review. Prospective students can learn about degree programs, areas of study, portfolio review, tour studio facilities, gallery, art library and find out about financial aid and scholarships.

Oct. 16, 6 p.m., Book Talk by Jongwoo Jeremy Kim, assistant professor of art history at the Hite Art Institute, on his newly published book, “Painted Men in Britain, 1868–1918: Royal Academicians and Masculinities” (Ashgate, 2012). The talk will be in Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library. There will be a reception after the talk in the Schneider Hall galleries.

Oct. 19, 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m. The Midwest Association for Latin American Studies (MALAS) luncheon and keynote address. David William Foster, Regents’ Professor of Spanish, Humanities, and Women’s Studies at Arizona State University, will present “Madalena Schwatz and Documentary Photography in Brazil.” The Hite Art Institute co-sponsors this conference. For reservations ($20) to this event at the Cressman Center for Visual Arts, contact Claire Pope at 502-852-0288 by Friday, Oct. 19.

Oct. 20–Nov. 24. “Seeking Bob Thompson: Dialogue/Object,” exhibition. Bob Thompson was an art student at UofL in the 1950s and produced well over 1,000 works, many of them monumental in scale and ambition. Although Thompson has been the subject of many exhibitions across the country, including a major retrospective at the Whitney Museum in 1998, he still is not well-known in his hometown of Louisville. This exhibition will reintroduce Louisvillians to one of the city’s brightest talents.

Nov. 2, 6 p.m.–9 p.m., Public reception for “Seeking Bob Thompson” and curator’s gallery talk in conjunction with the First Friday Trolley Hop.

UofL’s Department of Fine Arts was founded in 1937. In 1946, it was endowed as the Hite Art Institute in recognition of the bequest of Allen R. and Marcia S. Hite. The Institute has 500 undergraduate and 30 graduate majors in the combined studio and art history areas, 25 full-time faculty members and a full-time staff of six.

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