April 5, 2010
For Immediate Release
Contact: Tabatha Flores, Medicine Wheel Productions, 617-784-6421 firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Art at Brandeis University: Art Is the Source
On April 28, Brandeis University will unveil
"Source/ReSource," a large-scale public artwork by Boston-based
artist Michael Dowling. The artwork, a temporary installation of copper, stone
and water outside the Rose Art Museum, was commissioned for the Leonard
Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts, an annual five-day event at Brandeis.
Dowling, the 2010 Ruth Ann and Nathan Perlmutter Artist in
Residence, developed the work in response to the Brandeis community, which he
got to know by attending classes ("War and Possibilities of Peace" and
"Cross-Cultural Arts and Aesthetics," among others), researching the University
Archives, and talking with everyone from the chaplaincy to the International
Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life .
"My inspiration is the continuing cycle of generations who
come to Brandeis - the source - and return to the world as a resource for
vision, justice, creativity, and social change," says Dowling. Structurally,
the piece relates to the architecture of the Rose Art Museum, outside of which
it is sited, and the Brandeis campus's proximity to the Charles River. Like all
of Dowling's work, viewer interaction brings out the deepest layers of meaning.
Michael Dowling has been called "one of America's most
innovative and courageous artists." He is best known in Boston for Medicine
Wheel, an annual twenty-four hour vigil in commemoration of World AIDS Day.
Another ongoing project, "The Tonnes: A Meeting of the Waters," in the troubled
boundary area between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, has major
funding from the European Union Peace III Program. His organization Medicine
Wheel Productions has been honored by the Harvard Youth Violence Prevention
Center and by Boston's Safe Neighborhoods Youth Fund for its art programs for
inner-city and at-risk youth.
"We invite arts patrons from across Greater Boston to
experience Source/ReSource," says Scott Edmiston, director of the Office of the
Arts, which sponsors the festival. "This work captures something powerful yet
intangible about the idealism of Brandeis. And I'm delighted that Michael chose
to site the work at the entrance to the Rose, a sign that the museum is open
and flowing with creative energy and remains a resource for great art."
As part of his semester-long residency, Dowling also teaches
a sculpture class in the department of Fine Arts, in which students have contributed
to Source/ReSource and designed their own public artworks, which will be on
view campuswide during the Festival of the Arts.
The opening events and unveiling will take place on
Wednesday, April 28, at 5:10 p.m. The Festival of the Creative Arts runs from
April 28 - May 2, sponsored by the Office of the Arts. For a complete schedule,
visit the Festival of the Creative Arts Web site. Most events are handicapped
accessible and most are free and open to the public. Source/ReSource is on view
through June 30, 2010.
Source/ReSource is made possible by The Ruth Ann and Nathan
Perlmutter Artist-in-Residence Annual Award; the Aaron Foundation; Eric Green P
'05, '07; Danny Lehrman '64; Fern Lowenfels '59; and Ann Tanenbaum '66.