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"Lucio Pozzi: Indoor Games"
2002-11-15 until 2002-12-19
Anderson Gallery, Drake University
Des Moines, IO, USA United States of America

Lucio Pozzi INDOOR GAMES presents a major site-specific installation by Italian born artist Lucio Pozzi, a pioneer of performance art and installation who is based in New York City. Engaged with an art that is democratic, collaborative and experimental in nature, Pozzi considers himself "a painter who pursues painterly concerns in other media as well." His exhibitions often include video, installation, photography and performance and are rooted historically in Conceptual art and Process art as well as traditional painting.

At the Anderson Gallery, Pozzi will create a site-specific installation, which is a main strand in his diverse artistic practice. The installation, called "INDOOR GAMES," is a single, multi-part work consisting of panels in four basic colors (red, blue, green, and yellow) as well as large-format photographs of infants and images of war that are juxtaposed on either side of the gallery. To create the complex work, the artist will join forces with a group of 10 student collaborators. The exhibition will be accompanied by a public lecture on Nov. 14 and a public performance on Nov. 15, the night of the opening.

Born in 1935 in Milan, Italy, Pozzi studied architecture in Rome, where he practiced design and art for more than eight years. He came to the United States invited by the Harvard International Summer Seminar in 1962. Shortly after, his art began to appear in galleries such as Leo Castelli, the premier New York gallery at the time, and John Weber, a gallery known for supporting avant-garde practices.

Since his earliest beginnings as an artist in New York, Pozzi has had numerous solo and group exhibitions including one of the first "Projects" solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, as well as installations at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. He has been included in the major international exhibition Documenta, Kassel as well as the U.S. Pavilion of the Venice Biennale. Pozzi's work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

According to exhibition's curator, Cira Pascual Marquina, "We are extremely lucky to have Lucio Pozzi's work at the Anderson Gallery. Pozzi is an artist of extraordinary merit, whose work, being collaborative, is especially fitting for an educational institution." Pascual Marquina is director of the Anderson Gallery, and assumed this position last year.

Pozzi's Nov. 14 public lecture is titled "The Next 475 Years of My Art and Life." A committed educator who teaches at the School of the Visual Arts in New York, Pozzi will discuss his work and share his thoughts and ideas about the place of art in contemporary society and the emergence of what he calls "surrogate standards such as novelty, originality and consistency." The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. in room 336 of Harmon Fine Arts Center.

On Nov. 15, following a brief gallery talk, Pozzi will initiate a performance titled "Playrooms." Described by the artist as "a series of mysterious events and actions," it is a new semi-improvisational collaboration with student artists, musicians and actors. Pozzi has carried out performances in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States. Assemblages of sites, ideas, people and actions, Pozzi's performances are rooted in Dadaist theater of the 1920s as well as John Cage's interventions of the 1960s. The Judson Church events in New York and Pierre Boulez's performances at the Center for Experimental Music in Paris are other important influences. The performance will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Anderson Gallery. All events associated with "Lucio Pozzi INDOOR GAMES" are free and open to the public.

Pozzi has received numerous grants and awards including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He founded the magazine New Observations in 1981 and was its publisher until 1988. Pozzi continues to write art criticism for a variety of periodicals.

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