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"Diana Thater: Knots and Surfaces"
2001-01-24 until 2001-06-17
Dia Center for the Arts
New York, NY, USA

Diana Thater will present a large-scale multiprojection video installation that interacts with the open architectural space of Dia's third-floor gallery. A charged environment of layered projections and clustered monitors will constitute the vehicle for metaphorical explorations of mapping multidimensional space.

Referring to a recent mathematical hypothesis that correlates a complex, six-dimensional spatial model to the map of a honeybee's dance, Thater will expand on her abiding concern with the intersection of nature and culture. The various forms of projection and staging of her mise-en-scene will ensure that the spectator constantly crosses different sightlines, interrupting the projector's beams of light, thereby implicating the viewer in the actual site and, by extension, the thematics of the piece.

Diana Thater was born in San Francisco in 1962 and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. She received her MFA from the Art Center College of Design in 1990. Her recent solo exhibitions include a major installation currently at Tentsta Konsthalle in Stockholm; the Gallery at the Wiener Secession in Vienna earlier this year; The best outside is the inside, at the St. Louis Art Museum (1999); The best sense is the nonsense, at the Art Gallery of York University, Toronto, Ontario (1999); Projects 64. Diana Thater: The best animals are the flat animals, at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1998); The best animals are the flat animals - the best space is the deep space, at MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles (1998). She has also participated in the 1999 Carnegie International and Sculpture Project Munster (1997).

Dia Center for the Arts is a tax-exempt charitable organization. Established in 1974, the organization has become one of the largest in the United States dedicated to contemporary art and culture. In fulfilling this commitment, Dia sustains diverse programming in visual arts, poetry, education, and critical discourse and debate.

The work will be on view on the third floor of Dia's galleries at 548 West 22nd Street through June 17, 2001. This exhibition will reopen in Fall 2001 and will extend through January 2002. Exhibition hours during the 2000-2001 season are Wednesday - Sunday, 12 noon to 6 pm, through June 17, 2001. Admission is $6 ($3 for students and seniors and free to members).

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