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Interdisciplinary artist J. Morgan Puett speaks at Marywood University in Scranton on Oct. 20

Interdisciplinary artist J. Morgan Puett speaks at Marywood University in Scranton on Oct. 20
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From a press release:

The Marywood University Art Department will present a lecture by award-winning interdisciplinary artist J. Morgan Puett as part of its Distinguished Visiting Artist Lecture Series on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 4 p.m.

The event will take place in the Comerford Theater, located in the Center for Natural and Health Sciences (206 Morgan Rd., Dunmore) at Marywood University, and will be followed by a reception in the Shields Center for Visual Arts (201 Jackson Court, Dunmore). The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

Puett is an interdisciplinary cultural producer with an accomplished body of work in the areas of installation art practices, clothing and furniture design, architecture, fine art, film, and photography, to name a few, rearranging these intersections by applying conceptual tools, including research-based methods in history, biology, new economies, design, textiles, and collaboration.

Her early work forged new territory by intervening into the fashion system with a series of storefront installations and clothing/dwelling/event projects in Manhattan in the 1980s and ’90s, then produced a long series of research installations on the histories of the needle trade systems in museums around the world. These past and present works are innovations in the realm of new social engagement.

She exhibits, lectures, and teaches extensively in venues around the world, including New York City, Philadelphia, Tokyo, Chicago, Venice, Charleston, London, and many others. She is also the architect of The Mildred’s Lane Project in Beach Lake, Pennsylvania, which she founded and co-directs with Mark Dion. It is a place that continues to forge new ground, citing that being is profoundly a social and political practice.

The lecture is being offered in conjunction with the exhibition “Workstyles: The Labor Portraits of Mildred’s Lane in Conversation with The Maslow Collection,” currently on view in the Maslow Study Gallery for Contemporary Art, located on the first floor of the Shields Center for Visual Arts, and co-curated by Puett and Ryan Ward.

For additional information on the lecture and exhibit, contact Ryan Ward at 570-348-6211, ext. 2520.

Marywood University (2300 Adams Ave., Scranton) prepares students to have a positive impact on society at regional and global levels while providing each student with the foundation for success in an interdependent world. Founded in 1915 by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the university serves men and women from a variety of backgrounds and religions.

The university enrolls more than 3,000 students in an array of undergraduate and graduate programs. Committed to enriching human lives, Marywood provides a framework for educational excellence that enables students to develop fully as persons and to master professional and leadership skills necessary for meeting human needs.