October 25, 2007


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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Timothy Riggs will give the talk, "What is a Reproduction? Looking at Prints and Through Pictures," Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 5 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free to the public, is given in conjunction with the Samek Art Gallery exhibition, "Three Sides to a Sheet of Paper."

Riggs, who is curator of Collections of the Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is serving as curator for the Samek exhibition. The recipient of degrees from Swarthmore College and Yale University, he previously served as curator at the Worcester Art Museum. He is the author of several books and numerous publications.

Understanding the print

"Three Sides to a Sheet of Paper: How Prints Communicate, Represent, and Transform (1482-2002)" offers an engaging approach to understanding the print, according to Riggs.

"More than any other form of art, the print raises questions in the minds of museum visitors," said Riggs. "Just what is a print? Why are some prints considered works of art and others not? What is the difference between an original print and a reproduction? This exhibition answers these and other questions."

Some of the works in the exhibition are easily recognizable as art like Picasso's "The Artist and the Child" that shows a woman painting what seems to be a self-portrait while a child plays on the floor. Others are less obvious examples of fine art prints like "The Sopranos, Fourth Season" poster by Annie Leibovitz, in which the characters from the popular HBO drama pose in a cryptic configuration against the backdrop of an Italian restaurant.

Ink on paper

Of the exhibition in the Samek, Riggs says, "Almost every printed picture communicates some kind of information, represents something in the real world or in the imagination, and transforms that something because of the way that printing puts ink on paper. The sections of this exhibition – communication, representation, and transformation – are designed to show some of the many ways that prints have carried out these functions over the past five hundred years.

"With more than 80 prints, ranging from the 15th to the 21st century, the exhibition explores how prints communicate, represent, and transform their content in techniques ranging from woodcuts to photomechanical processing," said Riggs.

The exhibition may be viewed  through Dec. 4 in the main gallery. The Samek Art Gallery is located on the third floor of the Elaine Langone Center. Admission is free. Gallery hours are weekdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; weekends 1 to 5 p.m., and by appointment. The Gallery is accessible by elevator. For more information about the gallery, call 570-577-3792 or see http://www.bucknell.edu/SamekArtGallery/.

Contact: Office of Communications

Posted Oct. 25, 2007

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