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   Date: 10/10/08

Visual Artist to Open Math Studio

Richard Tuttle

Renowned American contemporary visual artist Richard Tuttle will give the opening talk at “x=,” a three-day art and math symposium, and the inaugural event for MathStudio, a new collaborative project directed by Pau Atela, professor of mathematics.

Tuttle's talk on Thursday, October 16, at 5 p.m. in Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, will reflect on the intersections between math and art and the essentially creative nature of both. It will be followed by a question-and-answer session. Admission is free and open to all. 

Box (1999) by Richard Tuttle. Acrylic and tape on museum board.

“x=” is a site-specific joint project involving collaboration among mathematicians at Smith’s MathStudio and artists at the A.P.E. Gallery in downtown Northampton. The project, which will take place in Northampton October 16 through 19, is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with support from the Smith College Museum of Art.

Tuttle, who began his career in the 1960s, has received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture. He recently had an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art and a retrospective of his 40-year career at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Although most of Tuttle’s work is in three-dimensional form, he commonly refers to his work as drawing rather than sculpture. He creates small, eccentrically playful objects using materials such as paper, rope, string, cloth, wire, twigs, cardboard, bubble wrap, Styrofoam and plywood.  He also manipulates the space in which his objects exist, placing them unnaturally high or oddly low on a wall, forcing a shift in observers’ perspectives.

Read more information on MathStudio.

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