IUP’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
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.