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Cherise Smith, Ph.D, Director JES A232A, Mailcode D7200, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-1784

Adrian Piper Lecture at The University of Texas at Austin

The Color Wheel Series: Why Shiva Dances

Posted: November 1, 2006

Adrian Piper is a trailblazer not only in the art world, but also in the academic world. Piper began exhibiting her artwork internationally in 1968, at the age of 20, and a few years later she would receive her doctor's degree in philosophy, becoming the first tenured African-American female professor in philosophy.

Piper was a key player in the conceptual and minimalism art movements of the late 1960s and early 1970s. She is credited with introducing issues of race and gender into those arenas. Since that time, she has continued to challenge the art world with her politically insightful work. Piper's recent work reflects her intense, 30-year study of yoga, and it deftly incorporates Hindu philosophical imagery with the strategies of conceptual art

Her lecture on Nov. 9 will be a multi-media event with video, images and sound presentations, as well as performance, participation and dialog with the audience. Piper's lectures frequently involve simultaneous expression in a number of different languages: words, form, music, lyrics or body language. Piper will also premiere her new video work, "The Color Wheel: Why Shiva Dances."

The Art Building's location on the University of Texas at Austin campus can be found here: http://www.utexas.edu/maps/main/buildings/art.html

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