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Lecture by artist has been postponed

Portland, OR (October 16, 2003)–Reed College will host the exhibition Jennifer Bartlett: Conceptual Cartography—Recent Works, November 7–December 28, 2003.

Bartlett and her new work, which is debuting at the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, are appearing at Reed as part of the Stephen E. Ostrow Distinguished Visitors in the Visual Arts program. The exhibition opening will take place on Thursday, November 13. Bartlett had been scheduled to speak that evening, but her talk has been postponed until December. These events are free and open to the public. For information visit or call the gallery information line at 503/777-7790.

Bartlett is an installation painter, printmaker, and sculptor whose work appears in major galleries and museums including the Tate Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Her new body of work is a fascinating multimedia exploration with coordinates that defy precise navigation. Bartlett begins with maps of various countries, and by employing her own unique form of map-making–best described as "conceptual cartography"–creates works that meld painting, sculpture, and installation art into entities that skirt conventional classification. Bartlett illuminates her layered concept of place with pencil drawings and paintings in gouache and oil. The intricately shaped canvases that form the focus of each mini-installation accurately depict a given country's boundaries and instantly cue viewers to the lexicon of maps or atlases. Deeper investigation of the subtle volumetric qualities of these sculptural canvases and the way in which visual information is constructed tend, however, to erode initial assumptions. Exploration proves rewarding, but plotting a trajectory may require new orienteering skills.

The Stephen E. Ostrow Distinguished Visitors Program in the Visual Arts was established in 1988 by longtime friends of the college Edward and Sue Cooley and John and Betty Gray, in support of art history and its place in the humanities. The program brings to campus people who are distinguished in the visual arts and who will provide "a forum for conceptual exploration, challenge, and discovery." The program is named in honor of Stephen E. Ostrow, former chief of the prints and drawings division of the Library of Congress, in tribute to his career and his advisory role in the formulation of the Cooley-Gray gift and the design of the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery.

Reed College, in Portland, Oregon, is an undergraduate institution of the liberal arts and sciences dedicated to sustaining the highest intellectual standards in the country. With an enrollment of about 1,360 students, Reed ranks third in the undergraduate origins of Ph.D.s in the United States and second in the number of Rhodes scholars from a liberal arts college (31 since 1915).

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