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Dennis Oppenheim, the leading innovator in land art and body art since the late 1960s and creator of Stage Set: An Event Sculpture, which was installed in the Portland Expo Center this spring, will discuss his work on Thursday, September 13, at 7 p.m. in Reed College's Vollum lecture hall. The lecture, sponsored by the Robert Lehman Art Lecture Fund, is free and open to the public. For more information call the Reed events hotline at 503/777-7755.

Oppenheim's large-scale mechanical installations, which envelop and confront the body and nature, have been installed throughout the world, most recently at art museums in Mexico City and Hamburg, and at biennial exhibitions in Venice, Italy; Johannesburg, South Africa; and São Paulo, Brazil. A proponent of public art, Oppenheim has created many works of outdoor sculpture, some of which have been recently installed in Vilnius, Lithuania; Freiburg, Germany; Valladolid, Spain; and Leoben, Austria. Oppenheim's work has been the subject of numerous books and articles in many major national and international art journals, and his work is in the collections of major museums throughout the world. His fellowships include a Guggenheim in 1969 and two from the National Endowment for the Arts, in 1974 and 1981.

The Lehman lecture series began in 1985 with the support of the Robert Lehman Foundation, Inc. of New York City. The Foundation was incorporated in 1943 with funds from the late Robert Lehman, partner in the investment banking firm of Lehman Brothers and chairman of the board of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, to which his private art collection was donated. In addition to maintaining the Lehman wing of the Metropolitan Museum, the foundation is dedicated to supporting higher education and cultural programs with an emphasis on visual arts and related teaching activities and publications.

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