Visions and Sur-Realities

01.15.2013 | Culture and Society, Campus and Community, Fine Arts
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The University of Dayton this winter is celebrating the long and internationally acclaimed career of a local artist whose works have been displayed at some of the world's finest art museums. 

A variety of works by video artist Jud Yalkut will be presented at three venues at the University of Dayton Jan. 31 through March 7.

Yalkut will attend an opening reception Thursday, Jan. 31, a film discussion Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22-23, and a closing reception Thursday, March 7. See below for details.

Titled "Visions and Sur-Realites," the survey of works brings together Yalkut's early works, contemporary films and even a holographic laser display he created with University of Dayton physicists in the 1980s.

"Jud Yalkut has been a leading force in Dayton's arts community as well as an arts journalist for more than 20 years," said Jeanne Philipp, visual arts faculty and curator of the exhibits. "The exhibits, the artist's talks and the screened films will engage audiences in video environments, pioneering moving holograms and collage works relating the fine arts to new technologies in engineering, video and optics in works spanning the artist's career of more than 40 years."

In the early 1970s, Yalkut moved to Ohio to develop the first film and video program at Wright State University and has since served on the board of several area arts organizations. He now lives in Waynesville, Ohio.

His media works have been shown and are in collections at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City; Pompidou Center in Paris; Tate Museum in Liverpool, England; and many other museums and galleries worldwide. He was the recipient of the 2005 Citation for Distinguished Service to the Visual Arts from the Ohioana Library and a Lifetime Achievement Fellowship from the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District.

The exhibits at the University of Dayton will run concurrently at Gallery 249 in the College Park Center, ArtStreet Studio D Gallery and Roesch Library. 

Gallery 249

Opening reception and artist talk, 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31. Exhibit runs Jan. 31 through March 7: The gallery will feature immersive video environments and collages. The main piece, "Vision Cantos," premiered in 2000 at the Whitney Museum of American Art. It shows images of Tibetan iconography and sentient life on Earth on two screens, Yalkut says. Viewers are invited to sit on yoga mats on the floor to experience the film. The exhibit will also feature a single-screen work and collages from a series he created in the 1970s.

Gallery 249 is located on the second floor of College Park Center at 1529 Brown St. Limited visitor parking is available at College Park Center. During exhibit receptions, a student attendant at the front door of College Park Center will provide each guest with a parking pass. At other times, visitors should obtain a parking pass from the parking attendant located on the University Circle. To reach the second floor, obtain an access card at the front desk on the first floor of College Park Center. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. For more information, contact Geno Luketic, Gallery 249 coordinator, at 937-229-3261 or eluketic1@udayton.edu.

ArtStreet

"Holograms and Movie Machines," Jan. 31 through March 7: The video hologram installation at ArtStreet revisits a pioneering collaboration from 1981 in laser holography between Yalkut and the University of Dayton Research Institute and the physics department. Yalkut pioneered the practice of immersive film and video environments that incorporate the spectator as active participant. The holographic installation at ArtStreet encourages viewer interactivity.

Film screenings and panel discussion, 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, and 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23: ArtStreet will host a two-day program of film screenings with an interdisciplinary panel on Feb. 23 presenting a unique opportunity to view rare films that include collaborations with experimental artists USCO, Nam June Paik, Charlotte Moorman, Yayoi Kusama, Trisha Brown, John Cage and many others. An important aspect of Yalkut's film exhibition program is the way the work stresses multidisciplinary interaction in the art forms of music, dance, the visual arts and Fluxus events — experimental "intermedia" of the 1960s and 1970s. (The YouTube video above is a sample of this experimental art).

"Audiences will appreciate Yalkut's appropriation and manipulation of pop culture in his early film and video collaborations with renowned media artists," Philipp said. "However, his more recent interactive video installation and single-channel works seek to humanize technologies by including the viewer as a participant in the work. Yalkut's creative uses of technology in pioneering media expression support his proven belief that 'technology is a tool for aesthetic research and not a machine to be feared.' "

ArtStreet is located at the intersection of Lawnview Avenue and Kiefaber Street on the University of Dayton campus. ArtStreet is open 8 a.m. to midnight Monday through Friday and noon to midnight Saturday and Sunday. For more information about ArtStreet events, call 937-229-5101 or visit www.udayton.edu/artstreet.

Roesch Library

Closing reception 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 7, and artist talk with Carol Nathanson, professor emeritus in art history at Wright State University. Exhibit of book and collages runs Feb. 4 through March 7, Roesch Library first-floor gallery: The exhibit will feature Yalkut's book Anatomy of the Civil War, as well as literary collages from the 1970s to 2012 published in journals such as The Vincent Brothers Review.

For Roesch Library gallery hours or more information, call 937-229-4094 or visit http://www.udayton.edu/libraries.

The University of Dayton Department of Visual Arts, ArtStreet and University Libraries —with additional support from a University of Dayton President's Diversity Grant — are sponsoring the events. 

For more information about the arts at the University of Dayton and a map of campus arts venues, visit http://www.udayton.edu/arts.

For more information, contact Jeanne Philipp at 937-229-3237 or jphilipp1@udayton.edu.