Fine Arts Lecture Series: Anne Chu, Thursday September 23rd, 6:00pm

Sculptor and Painter Anne Chu will present an artist talk on Thursday, September 23rd at 6:00pm at the University of Pennsylvania as part of the MFA Fine Arts Lecture series. Drawing her inspiration from ancient sculptures, such as funerary carvings from the Tang Dynasty, or the medieval friezes at Chartres, Anne Chu's version of history is something more akin to fairytale. Primitively carved from wood, Chu's invented relics capture a rich, timeless aesthetic, which makes their authenticity all the more believable. Tombstone For a King is a rough-hewn tableau depicting a long forgotten tragedy. Her clunky figures are careful study of craftsmanship, displaying a casual presence rarely found in ancient depictions, her washy pigmentation is convincing as battered remains. But it's her dreamy colours, greys, pinks, and yellows, which give rise to girly romance: her ancient dynasties always seem strangely contemporary, bringing mystery and romance to life. Chu has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina; Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, California; Dallas Museum of Art, Texas; and Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Ohio. Her work was included in The Puppet Show, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia and the 54th Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh; Sculptors Drawing, Aspen Art Museum, Colorado; and Shuffling the Deck: The Collection Reconsidered, Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey. The artist currently resides in Queens, New York.

To see more of Anne's work, visit http://www.donaldyoung.com/chu/chu_1.html

Event Date and Time: Thursday, September 23rd, 6:00pm

The Institute of Contemporary Art
118 South 36th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

To discover more about the MFA Fine Arts Lecture Series, visit http://www.design.upenn.edu/fine-arts/visiting-artists

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