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artiwu vol.2, DIGEST #14 (Feb 8, 2000)
1. Spring Gallery Schedule
2. Re: Guide to Trendy Theory
Subject: Spring Gallery Schedule
Date: Wed, Jan 19, 2000, 2:02 PM
From: Vince Fournier <>

Here is the Spring semester schedule for the Merwin and Wakeley
Galleries at IWU.

January 14 - February 3

New Art From St. Louis: Five graduate students
from Washington University (Merwin and Wakeley)
Reception: Friday, Jan 14, 5-7 pm

February 7 - 29

13th Annual Juried Student Show (Merwin)

Sandra C. Fernandez: mixed media (Wakeley)
Reception: Thursday, Feb 10, 6:30-9 pm

March 3 - 31

Art Faculty Biennial Show (Merwin and Wakeley)
Reception: Tuesday, March 7, 7-9 pm

April 3 - 28

BFA/ BA Exhibitions (Merwin)

BFA Candidate Exhibition (Wakeley)
Reception: Thursday, April 6, 7-9 pm

May 1 - 26

Tom Huck: woodcut prints (Merwin)

Thomas A. Christison: monoprints (Wakeley)
Reception: Thursday, May 11, 7-9 pm
Artist's Talk: TBA

I hope that many of you will make the effort to attend these exhibits.

Thank You.

Vince Fournier

Vincent E. Fournier
Acting Gallery Director
Merwin and Wakeley Galleries
Illinois Wesleyan University
Post Office Box 2900
Bloomington, IL 61702-2900
(309) 556-3391/451-4551
Subject: Re: Guide to Trendy Theory
From: Matt Maldre <>
Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2000 16:43:02 -0600

Last week, I posted a goofy list of what some art theory terms mean. But more seriously now, I recommend a book that tackles some critical terms in a more academic manner.

"Critical Terms for Art History" edited by Robert S. Nelson and Richard Shiff takes on terms such as:

Representation, Sign, Simulacrum, Word and Image, Narrative, Context, Meaning/Interpretation, Originality, Appropriation, Art History, Modernism, Avant-Garde, Primitive, Ritual, Fetish, Gaze, Gender, Modes of Production, Commodity, Collecting/Museums, Value, Postmodernism/Postcolonialism, and Figuration

Each individual term is explored by its own essay. Each essay is written by a different author (mostly in the 80s and 90s). These essays are around 14 pages long, so these terms are explored rather in depth. The writing is so thick in this book it takes a good chainsaw to hack through 'em. But the effort is well worth it.

My favorite essay so far is the one on Simulacrum.

{{From the back cover of this book:
...In individual essays, scholars examine the history and use of these terms by grounding their discussions in single works of art and reading each work through current debates and methods. This instructive combination of theory and practice allow readers to examine the terms as they are being employed...

For more info on this book, visit:

**Does anyone have any recommendations on art history/art criticism books?
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From: Matt Maldre <>
Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2000 16:43:02 -0600

Hey alumni,

The IWU student show is gonna be up this month. How about we go down to see it? I'm thinking of Saturday Feb 26. Vance Gilbert is playing at the Blue Moon that night. Email me for details and questions: (my personal email). Or give me a call:
630-858-6385 work (9am-5pm)
773-525-9671 home (7pm-4am)

So far, it's Lisa Weistroffer and me going.

Oh yeah, it would be cool to bring slides of artwork, portfolio, pictures, etc.

I hope to hear from ya!
Matt Maldre
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