Victorious Secret - Elite Olympic Champions as Dancing Bikini Girls

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Victorious Secret - Elite Olympic Champions as Dancing Bikini Girls

Artist Angela Lorenz's mosaic triptychs Victorious Secret, based on Roman mosaics from 300AD, take an entertaining approach to addressing misinterpretations of the original images.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
All Day
Berry Library, Brickway Gallery
Intended Audience(s): Public
Categories: Exhibitions

Artist Angela Lorenz's mosaic triptychs Victorious Secret, based on Roman mosaics from 300AD, will be on display on Berry Main Street August 30 - December 1, 2013. In this work, Lorenz takes an entertaining approach to visually addressing misinterpretations of the original images.

"It is revelatory to me, an ice hockey player from age 4, competing against boys in tennis and hockey at age 10, that noble Romans were promoting athletic competition as an ideal for women almost 2,000 years ago. That this imagery has attracted so much attention for the superficial aspect of the womenís novel and titillating garments completely subverts the original intentions of these mosaics."  -Angela Lorenz

We are very fortunate that Lorenz will be visiting Dartmouth to deliver a talk on her work. Her talk will encompass the process of making the original mosaics and the process she used to recreate the ancient images out of buttons and hairpins. She will explain the archeological context of the original mosaics and will convey the erroneous and intended interpretations of them, based on research published by Italian archeologist Isabella Baldini Lippolis.

Additionally, Lorenz will show the artist's book in 41 copies that she created to accompany the nine panels and to commemorate the passage of Title IX in 1972, the same year Dartmouth went co-ed. In honor of the inaugural venue of Victorious Secret, the book displays a Dartmouth pennant on the cover.

For more information, contact:
Laura Barrett

Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.