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August 27 – October 13, 2007
USF Contemporary Art Museum

Friday, August 31, 10am–noon
FAH101, USF Fine Arts Recital Hall
Artists Patty Chang and Emanuel Licha
Critical Theorist Derek Murray
and Curator David Norr

Opening Reception
Friday, August 31, 7–9pm, USF CAM
Events are free and open to the public

Elsewhere explores the familiar and often tragic theme of the quest. The artists included in this exhibition embark upon quixotic adventures to both real and imagined places—at times edging on the ridiculous, treacherous, and sublime. Pulling from sources as varied as Victorian expeditions, romantic tourism, travel literature, and Hollywood films, the artists in Elsewhere blend documentary styles with found footage, tableaux, and performance into potent mixtures of fact, fantasy, and feeling. To this end, they employ strategies of displacement, re-enactment, and repetition in an effort to erode the temporal boundaries implicit to existing representations of histories, identities, and geographies.

The exhibition combines emerging and historically significant artists, uncovering a succession of previously unimagined relationships between artists who have not been connected before. Elsewhere features ambitious works by a diverse group of international artists including: Olaf Breuning, Patty Chang, Stuart Hawkins, Joachim Koester, Sarah Anne Johnson, Robert Smithson / Nancy Holt, and a new work by Emanuel Licha commissioned by USF CAM for the exhibition. Elsewhere is curated by David Norr, and organized by the USF CAM.

The USF Institute for Research in Art is recognized by the State of Florida as a major cultural institution and receives funding through the Florida Department of State, the Florida Arts Council and the Division of Cultural Affairs. The Contemporary Art Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums. Elsewhere is made possible by the Members and Corporate Partners of the USF Institute for Research in Art, and is supported in part by the Nimoy Foundation and Audio Visual Innovations (AVI).

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