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Art History Ph.D. student and VAC Curatorial Fellow Noah Simblist curates show

Out of Place at Lora Reynolds Gallery explores placelessness

Out of Place, an exhibition curated by Art History Ph.D. Student and VAC Curatorial Fellow Noah Simblist opens at Lora Reynolds Gallery on Jan 15, 2011. The exhibition, which runs through March 5, 2011, includes six international artists, many of whom rarely exhibit their work in the U.S., more often showing in Europe or the Middle East: Yael Bartana, Oded Hirsch, Tom Molloy, Nida Sinnokrot, Jan Tichy and Eric Van Hove. The premise of the exhibition is related to Edward Said's description of his memoir Out of Place (the namesake of the show) as “a record of a lost or forgotten world.” He was referring to the Palestinian condition of exile-a displacement that creates a gap between both physical spaces and states of mind. But this notion can be thought of in more general terms, serving as the starting point for a group of artists who explore placelessness as it is manifest in Israel-Palestine. Being in one place, but consumed by the memory of another, produces works that are uncanny, combining familiar and unfamiliar contexts into something strange.

This exhibition is co-sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History's Visual Arts Center at The University of Texas.