Event: Talk by Visiting Artist David Wilson entitled The Museum of Jurassic Technology, presented by Concordia University’s Faculty of Fine Arts
Date: Thursday, February 7
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: D.B. Clarke Theatre, Concordia University, 1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. West
Cost: Free admission. No reservations required. Everyone welcome.
Info: 514-848-2424 ext. 4261 or http://finearts.concordia.ca
This is the second lecture of THE DEFIANT IMAGINATION LECTURE SERIES 2008, presented by Concordia University’s Faculty of Fine Arts. This dynamic lecture series brings together innovators of the critical imagination to explore the role of art in contemporary society.
The Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles, California is a museum like no other. A cross between a genuine museum, a wunderkammer (cabinet of wonders) and a performance art piece, it challenges the role of museum and archival practice, blurring boundaries between the real and the unreal.
David Wilson, its director and founder and recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant (2003), has dedicated himself to the advancement of knowledge and public appreciation of the lower Jurassic. Wilson’s extraordinary collection of specimens, which includes spore-inhaling ants, x-ray bats, stink ants, human horns, peach-pit carvings and his novel theories of oblivion, are among the many marvels of Museum of Jurassic Technology. Currently, the museum and its director are the subject of a book by Lawrence Weschler entitled Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder.
The Defiant Imagination series will close with its final artist’s talk on February 27 featuring Carol Becker, incoming Dean of The School of the Arts at Columbia University in New York, whose talk is entitled What We Do: Values Implicit in Schools of Art and Design. (Note: DATE CHANGE FROM PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED DATE OF FEB. 28).
PLEASE NOTE: For those of you who missed the first lecture on Jan. 23, featuring Theo Jansen and his Strandbeest, a video of his talk has been posted at: http://news.concordia.ca/main_story/012174.shtml
Ann Tanner-McDonald, APR
Faculty of Fine Arts
Tel 514-848-2424 ext. 2867