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Preview of Coming Attractions in Arts on the Point

Many of you have undoubtably noticed the large, light covered flying object hovering amid the columns of the Healy Library as though it were looking for a landing spot. Searchburst by Dennis Oppenheim is the newest addition of temporary sculpture in the Arts on the Point collection. This is one of several new works coming to the park this fall. Another, Lagartos, (Alligators) by sculptor Luis Jiménez is a 12 foot square piece of writhing alligators in fiberglass and acrylic urethane: one of the pop-art works of mythical animals and working class heroes that Jiménez is known for. The piece was originally commissioned as part of urban renewal efforts in El Paso, Texas, in order to create a vibrant visual focal point and conversation piece in a bustling urban center. It’s temporary home at UMass will be on the plaza, near the entrance to the athletic center. The piece is currently en route by truck from California, and will arrive on campus the week of December 3. All are invited to come watch the installation when it happens and welcome the gators to Massachusetts, so keep a lookout for trucks, forklifts, and hard hats. These works and others, and the stories of the artists who made them, will be the subject of a slide presentation and conversation by Professor Paul Tucker about upcoming work in the first in a series of Art/Talks brown bag lunches, jointly sponsored by Arts on the Point, the UMB Art Department, and The Harbor Gallery. (See adjacent announcement) The Art/Talks series will present members of the UMB studio faculty as well as Boston area sculptors, and invite them to show and discuss their own work and explain the context from which it comes. The series will continue during the second semester.


Space Ships, Alligators and Big Black Cubes: A Preview of Current and Upcoming Attractions New Works at Arts on the Point

Professor Paul Tucker

The first in a series of discussions about artists and their workJointly sponsored by:Arts on the Point, The UMB Art Department and The Harbor Gallery

Thursday, December 6, 12:30 to 1:30Brown Bags welcome. Cookies provided.