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Wake Forest Art Gallery opens season with three exhibits

August 7, 2008

Wake Forest University’s Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery will open its 2008-2009 season with two exhibits in late August and a third in early September.

"Perpetual Art Machine” and “The Old Alma Mater:  A Wake Forest History Exhibit” will open Aug. 27.  On Sept. 4, “Pam Longobardi:  Drifters” will open in the gallery’s mezzanine.  All run until Oct. 12.

"Perpetual Art Machine” (PAM) is an archive of 21st century international video art.  The archive contains more than 1,000 videos from hundreds of artists in mort than 70 countries.  In 2005, four New York-based artists conceived the “Perpetual Art Machine” as a means to democratize the curatorial process.  It invites artists and viewers to participate through live interactive installations and online through a free video portal.  The Web site is

The installation in the Hanes gallery will include two touch screens controlled by two computers.  One screen will allow the viewer to choose from hundreds of categories such as environment, sadness or love.  When a word is chosen, 16 thumbnail images of related artist videos will appear on the second screen.  Touching one of the images prompts a video to be projected on the gallery wall.

In association with the exhibit, Mark Callahan of Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE) will speak at Wake Forest on Oct. 2 in Room 202 of the Scales Fine Arts Center.  Time for the visiting artist video screening and talk will be announced at a later date.

Callahan is artistic director for ICE, an interdisciplinary initiative for advanced research in the arts at the University of Georgia and an instructor in the digital media area of the university’s Lamar Dodd School of Art.

"The Old Alma Mater:  A Wake Forest History Exhibit” is designed to celebrate Wake Forest traditions with artifacts spanning the university’s 174-year history.  Most artifacts were gathered from the Wake Forest College Birthplace Museum in the town of Wake Forest and the Wake Forest University Archives and the North Carolina Baptist Historical Collection in the university’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library.

The items on display are accompanied by a video presentation, which features 16 mm film footage of Wake Forest life on the old campus in the town of Wake Forest and on the university’s Reynolda Campus in Winston-Salem, where the university moved in 1956.  The exhibit was organized by the Traditions Council, a group formed by students in 2006 to promote the university’s heritage and traditions.

The third exhibit, “Pam Longobardi:  Drifters,” includes sculptural wall and floor installations and site photography.  Longobardi is an associate professor in the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design at Georgia State University and a former associate dean of fine arts at the university.

"My current project, ‘Drifters,’ focuses on the global issue of marine debris and plastics in the ocean,” explained Longobardi.  “I have been working on installations and public artworks that address the interconnectedness of the land and sea, between humans and the ocean biosphere.  My work has a strong environmental focus that has come to the foreground as awareness of climate change, extinction and human impact has become more urgent.”

The exhibits, as well as Callahan’s talk, are free and open to the public.  Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  For information, call 336-758-5585.

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(336) 758-5237

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