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Visiting Artist Series to present
Lecture by Janine Antoni

Internationally recognized artist Janine Antoni will present a public lecture at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14, in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall at Arkansas State University. 

Antoniís work was recently featured on the second season of Art: 21, the critically acclaimed PBS series about contemporary art.

Janine Antoni was born in Freeport, Bahamas in 1964.  She received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York, and earned her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1989.  She has had major exhibitions of her work at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, S.I.T.E Santa Fe, and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.

Her work was also included in the 1993 Venice Biennale, 1993 Whitney Biennial, 1995 Johannesburg Biennial, 1997 Istanbul Biennial, and 2000 Kwangju Biennial in Korea. 

Antoni's work blurs the distinction between performance art and sculpture.  Transforming everyday activities such as eating, bathing, and sleeping into ways of making art, Antoni's primary tool for making sculpture has always been her body. 

She has chiseled cubes of lard and chocolate with her teeth, washed away the faces of soap busts made in her own likeness, and used the brainwave signals recorded while she dreamed at night as a pattern for weaving a blanket the following morning.

The recipient of several prestigious awards including a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship and a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant in 1998 and the Larry Aldrich Foundation Award in 1999, Antoni lives and works in New York and is represented by Luhring Augustine Gallery.

The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Art's 2003-04 Visiting Artist/Scholar Lecture Series.  The event is admission-free and open to the public.  Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Department of Art at 972-3050.

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Photograph (courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York)
Janine Antoni
To Draw a Line  (2003)
hemp fiber, hemp rope, two steel reels, additional mixed materials
35 x 20 x 10 feet

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