Arcadia University Art Gallery is pleased to present “‘Et in Utah ego’: the evolution of JG,” a lecture by Gallery Director Richard Torchia on Wednesday, March 6, at 7 p.m. in the Commons Great Room. The lecture will be preceded by a public reception at 6 p.m. This is the first of four lectures presented by faculty and guest lecturers about JG, a film project by international acclaimed British born, Berlin-based artist Tacita Dean.
Torchia’s lecture will explore the process of bringing Dean’s project to Arcadia. A friend of the artist since 1996, he has assisted in the production of several of her films. His lecture will provide background on the location research and address the underpinnings of JG as they relate to Robert Smithson’s earthwork and film Spiral Jetty, both of which are key references for the project. The title of Torchia’s lecture is based on a remark made by Smithson about the anti-pastoral beauty of the site the artist selected for his now iconic project. Surveying the construction of the jetty from a helicopter in 1970, Smithson is reported to have exclaimed “Et in Utah ego” as a play on “Et in Arcadia ego” (“I, too, dwell in Arcadia”), a Latin phrase used by Nicolas Poussin to title his bucolic landscape painting at the Louvre.
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JG is 26.5 minutes in length and will be shown in the Gallery before and after each lecture.