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Laurette McCarthy will explain why you should care about Walter Pach and the Armory Show

Armory Show Poster

Independent Scholar and Curator Laurette McCarthy will speak at Herron School of Art and Design on March 27 at 6:00 p.m. in the Basile Auditorium about her new book and The International Exhibition of Modern Art—also referred to the Armory Show.

Although it happened in 1913—ancient history for people absorbed in the here and now—this colossal granddaddy of an exhibition awakened America to new ways of seeing. Housed in New York City’s 69th Regiment Armory, which still stands on Lexington Avenue, the works in the Armory Show set the town on its ear.

All manner of experimental art—postimpressionism, fauvism, cubism, even a couple nonobjective paintings—was presented to a public steeped in realism. The Armory Show works were so edgy that even decades later, Hitler would seek to purge these “degenerate” treasures from the earth as a part of his horrific master plan.

Cézanne. Duchamp. Matisse. Hopper. With hundreds upon hundreds of works by more than 300 European and American artists, the Amory Show was the first exhibition of its kind in America, and it traveled from New York to Chicago and Boston.

A century hence, Laurette McCarthy has written Walter Pach (1883- 1958): The Armory Show and the Untold Story of Modern Art in America. She focuses on Pach as “one of the prime movers behind this seminal event,” about whom “surprisingly little has been written.”

Academics hail McCarthy’s book as a “meticulously documented biography” and “an important contribution to the history of American modernism.” It’s also a juicy backstory—one you’ll want to hear presented in person by the author.

McCarthy’s talk will touch on a Herron angle: faculty members Wil­liam Forsythe and Clifton Wheeler attended the exhibition in Chicago. Their connections to and opinions on the show may surprise you.
She will also discuss a centennial exhibition at the Montclair Art Mu­seum (http://www.montclair-art.com/): The New Spirit: American Art in the Armory Show, 1913, which opened exactly 100 years to the day from the original, on Feb 17, and continues through June 16 2013.
McCarthy’s books will be available for purchase with a signing by the author immediately following the lecture. She holds a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Delaware and a master of arts degree from the George Washington University. She lives in Brazil, Indiana.
Rob Bullock
Assistant to the Dean
External Affairs &  Development Specialist
Herron School of Art and Design
IUPUI – HR 224
735 West New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Owen Mundy fragments public space in Packet Switcher

the consequence of scale

Herron School of Art and Design will host Packet Switcher, an exhibition of recent projects by artist, designer and programmer Owen Mundy. The exhibition opens in the Robert B. Berskhire, Eleanor Prest Reese and Dorit and Gerald Paul Galleries on February 27 with a lecture by Mundy at 6:00 p.m. There will be a reception immediately following from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Packet Switcher runs through April 13.

Mundy is an assistant professor of art at Florida State University. He earned an M.F.A. degree in Visual Art from the University of California, San Diego and a B.F.A. degree from Indiana University, Bloomington. He’s a founder of Your Art Here http://yourarthere.org, an art organization that creates venues where art and ideas can be expressed freely through the use of billboards and other public spaces. In 2009 he created Give Me My Data http://givememydata.com, an online application that helps people get their data out of Facebook in reusable formats.

Packet Switcher contains a survey of recent and never before exhibited works. The individual pieces are varied; from dystopian visualizations of anonymous network data, to custom software which generates print resolution tests from news images. Owing to the increasingly decentralized models of artistic and cultural practice, as well as new forms of authorship like crowdsourcing, this exhibition features numerous collaborative projects with Mundy and other artists including Joelle Dietrick, Ryan Boatright, The Periscope Project, and Commodify, Inc.

The exhibition title references the process used to move digital communication by breaking files into smaller, faster blocks, or packets, of data. The packets travel through networks via the quickest available route and are reassembled at their destination. A digital photograph, for example, might be broken into several packets, each of which may travel through a different city before delivery.

Through a similar process, the artists underscore how incidental fragmentation and automation can streamline markets, but also make them vulnerable to systems failure. The use of architectural images points to recent real estate market volatility and considers how the technology-enabled pursuit of profit alters basic needs.

As a U.S. Navy photographer, Mundy observed militarism’s effect on cultures, sites and bodies. These experiences became an important influence on his work.

Also opening on February 27 and continuing through March 19 in the Marsh Gallery will be an exhibition of new works by Herron faculty members Ray Duffey and Marc Jacobson, and in the Basile Gallery, an exhibition of new works by Herron faculty member Stephanie Doty.
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Gallery Hours
MON. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
TUE. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
WED. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
THU. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
FRI. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
SAT. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
SUN. Closed
Limited parking is available in the Sports Complex Garage just west of Herron. Park in the visitor side of the garage and bring your ticket to the Herron Galleries for validation. Complimentary parking courtesy of The Great Frame Up. Parking in the surface lot next to Herron School of Art and Design requires a valid IUPUI parking permit at all times.
Rob Bullock
Assistant to the Dean
External Affairs &  Development Specialist
Herron School of Art and Design
IUPUI – HR 224
735 West New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Phone:  317-278-9470
Fax:        317-278-9471