Legacy of Photomontage: Engineering The Photograph Opens March 16 at UT Dallas

Feb. 22, 2007

Marilyn Waligore, an associate professor in the School of Arts and Humanities at The University of Texas at Dallas, will serve as curator of the exhibit Legacy of Photomontage: Engineering the Photograph, on display in the main gallery of the university’s Visual Arts Building from March 16 to April 13. 

The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, will feature works by several artists, including Yoon Cho, Enrique Fernández Cervantes, Carolina Kile, Stephen Marc and Gordon Young.  These contemporary artists expand upon the practice of photomontage, which involves making a picture by assembling pieces of photographs, often in combination with other types of graphic material.  Photomontage was “invented” by the Berlin Dada artists who, according to Dadaist Raoul Hausmann, thought of themselves as engineers seeking “to construct and assemble” their works. 

According to Waligore, “From political critique, to the generation of narrative, to works that challenge our concepts of reality, these images pose questions about the methods we rely upon to construct meaning.  All of these artists employ digital methods in their image creation, acknowledging the potential of new technology to expand the creative potential of montage.  They pull indirectly from a range of historical precedents, including Dada, Surrealism, Pop Art and Futurism, as well as influences from poetry, fiction and historical narratives to construct their images and fit pieces into new compositions.”

The Visual Arts Building is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  The gallery is closed on Sunday.

An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, March 23, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. 

Participating artist Stephen Marc will present a lecture related to photomontage at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4 in the Jonsson Performance Hall.  The lecture is free and open to the public.

More information about the event is available at http://ah.utdallas.edu/season0607/photomontage.htm.

For information about the many musical, arts, theatre, dance and other performances and exhibitions held throughout the year at UT Dallas, please call 972-UTD-ARTS (972-883-2787), e-mail utdarts@utdallas.edu, or visit the School of Arts and Humanities’ website at http://ah.utdallas.edu/.  Persons with disabilities needing special accommodations may call 972-883-2982, Texas Relay Operator: 1-800-RELAYVV.

About UT Dallas

The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor®, enrolls more than 14,500 students.  The school’s freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores.  The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs.  For additional information about UT Dallas, please visit the university’s website at www.utdallas.edu.


Contact Kristi Barrus, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2972, kristi.barrus@utdallas.edu

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