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May 25, 2007

MFA exhibition spotlights old movies, drunken businessmen, spinning TVs and the Apocalypse

By Cynthia Haven

Old movies, drunken businessmen, spinning television sets and the Apocalypse will be featured at the MFA thesis exhibition May 29 through June 17 at the Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery. The exhibition, In Advance, features the work of five students:

  • Binta Ayofemi, a visual artist whose series of film stills restages 1960s cinema in the present;
  • Chris Bell, who presents mechanized, spinning TVs and sound speakers to study the relationship of sound, image and screen;
  • Julie Chang, whose work considers gender, domesticity and class using a chandelier and a ballerina;
  • Kamau Patton, who focuses on gesture, movement, sound and images inspired by visions of the Apocalypse;
  • Heather Sparks, whose water-based oils on canvas present drunken businessmen in urban settings.
  • Created during the students' MFA program, the pieces offer a window into the artists' future directions. A reception will be held Friday, June 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the gallery.

    The Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery, at 415 Lasuen Mall, is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (650) 723-3404.



    Cynthia Haven, News Service: (650) 724-6184,


    Lisa Vestal, Department of Art and Art History: (650) 725-3107,

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