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May 20 | Artist Lecture: Penelope Umbrico
Friday, May 20 | 6:30-8:30pm
$10 general public | $5 PCNW members | Students FREE with ID and RSVP
Join us for an artist lecture on image reappropriation with Penelope Umbrico. Umbrico works “within the virtual world of consumer marketing and social media, traveling through the relentless flow of seductive images, objects, and information that surrounds us, searching for decisive moments—but in these worlds, decisive moments are cultural absurdities.” She finds these moments in the pages of consumer product mail-order catalogs, travel and leisure brochures; and websites like Craigslist, EBay, and Flickr. Identifying image typologies—candy-colored horizons and sunsets, books used as props—brings the farcical, surreal nature of consumerism to new light.
Umbrico has participated extensively in solo and group exhibitions, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and PSi Contemporary Art Center, New York. Umbrico is core faculty in the School of Visual Arts MFA Program.