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From April 17 to June 17, Reed College’s Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery will present Recent Sonia Boyce: La, La, La, an exhibition of photographs, collages, films, prints, drawings, and an installation, all from the 1990s, by the British Afro-Caribbean artist Sonya Boyce. Boyce’s work questions racial stereotypes in the media and in day-to-day life. She will discuss her work on Tuesday, April 17, at 7:30 pm in Reed’s Vollum lecture hall, and co-curator Marcus Verhagen will speak on Boyce's work on Wednesday, April 18, at 4:30 p.m. in Reed’s psychology auditorium. The exhibition and lectures are free and open to the public.

The Cooley Gallery is open every day except Monday from noon to 5 p.m. The gallery is in Reed's library. Parking is available nearby, and the #19 bus stops on Woodstock at the campus entrance near the library. For more information, please call 503/777-7790.

Recent Sonia Boyce: La, La, La juxtaposes Boyce’s works with the music and photographs of Choral 2, an installation recreated with the assistance of two Portland choirs. Boyce, who has been an artist in residence at Reed for the past month, will use recordings and photographs of the Irvington Covenant Celebration Singers and Mrs. Murphy's Choir to produce a piece of performance art that builds a network of dialogue.

Boyce's work is noteworthy for its vital intersection of theory and practice. She began addressing issues of race and ethnicity as a young London artist in the late 1980s. Her work is currently on view at the Tate Modern, London, in the exhibition Century City: Art and Culture in the Modern Metropolis. Boyce is also working with David A. Bailey to organize a conference at Duke University. The conference, "Shades of Black: Assembling the Eighties: A Transatlantic Dialogue on Afro-Asian Arts in Post-War Britain," is the third in a series examining the histories and accomplishments of the recent black British art movements. She was featured in the 1999 exhibition The Unmapped Body: 3 Black British Artists, along with Keith Piper and Sutapa Biswas, at the Yale University Art Gallery.

Recent Sonia Boyce: La, La, La is accompanied by a catalogue with an introduction by Susan Fillin-Yeh, the Anne and John Hauberg director of the Cooley Gallery, and essays by Marcus Verhagen, a British art historian and independent scholar, and Gilane Tawadros, the director of the Institute of International Arts, London. Fillin-Yeh and Verhagen are co-curators of the exhibition.

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