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ArtsThursdays: The Moving Parts (&)

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Visit Mary Lum’s exhibition The Moving Parts (&) during ArtsThursdays extended gallery hours. Curator Meg Rotzel will be present to discuss the process of commissioning the exhibition and of making of the artist’s book.

The Moving Parts (&) includes an artist’s book and installation featuring photographs of temporary constructions made from a palette of broken vintage letterforms. The small constructions carry ideas about language coming into being and piling up on itself. Fragments are rearranged in attempts to communicate, to form something whole and understandable, against backgrounds of varying colors. Lum’s photographs, letterforms, and artist’s book appear with a selection of sketchbooks that present the artist’s mode of working through collage. All are surrounded by a large-scale paint work that envelops the gallery, the bars of color echoing the Corita Papers that inspired Lum’s publication Moving Parts (&).

Mary Lum is a visual artist whose intricate collages, paintings, photographs, and murals explore the margins of city life, the history of abstraction, and the use of text as image. Her work has been exhibited in numerous institutions, including MASS MoCA, The Drawing Center, the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, and Oxford University. Recent publications in which her work has appeared include Modern Artifacts and Best! Letters from Asian Americans in the arts. Lum has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and MacDowell, among others.

For more about the exhibition, and Corita Kent, visit the exhibition webpage.

Extended gallery hours are part of ArtsThursdays, a university-wide initiative supported by Harvard University Committee on the Arts (HUCA). 

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