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Game Changer: New Media, Multiples from Matthew and Iris Strauss Family Foundation

Friday, February 8, 2013

Whether a political parable like Mel Chin’s 9-11/9-11or an image of transcendent unboundedness like Sam Taylor-Wood’s Self-Portrait, Suspended III, the dozen works in this exhibition enact art’s capacity to sharpen attention and shake loose assumptions. The innovative works question the history, materials and presentation values of traditional  fine art displays.

Held in conjunction with an international conference, “Unlocking the U in University,” sponsored by AshokaU Exchange and and USD’s  Changemaker Hub, the exhibition is part of a wide array of programs exploring changemaking in contemporary society at USD this month.

The examples of photography, video, sculpture and installation art in this collection tackle conventional frames and challenge canonical narratives. Free of instrumental obligations and institutional conventions, the artists in Game Changer create a realm of provocation and reflectiveness for the viewer, suggesting that change, it  would seem, is launched by consciousness. Along with Chin and Taylor-Wood, the globally renowned artists in the collection include Vanessa Beecroft (Italy), Valeska Soares (Brazil), Angela De La Cruz (Spain) and Fred Wilson (USA).

“We hope that all visitors to Game Changer will take away a sense of wonder about the creative possibilities that new artistic practices represent,” said Derrick Cartwright, director of University Galleries. “Indeed the best contemporary art holds out the promise of changing our everyday perspectives about the complex, global world that we live in.

“Everyone at USD appreciates the generosity of the Matthew and Iris Strauss Family Foundation of Rancho Santa Fe in loaning these important works of art. In some cases, this is the first time that these particular examples of new media and multiples have been on public view in Southern California. They provide an exceptional opportunity to view some of the most varied and challenging works being collected today.”

– Liz Harman

Game Changer: New Media and Multiples from the Matthew and Iris Strauss Family Foundation

Feb. 15 to March 3

Exhibit Hall in USD’s Student Life Pavilion

Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

Thursday, noon to 7 p.m.


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Credit: Sam Taylor-Wood, Self-Portrait, Suspended III 2003, C-print on aluminum, 47 1/4 x 59 in.

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