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Syracuse Symposium™, SUArt Galleries Present Panel Discussion on Pop Artist James Rosenquist Oct. 22

Event explores role of printmaking workshop in contemporary art, Rosenquist's career

Oct 14, 2015 — Article by: Rob Enslin

Photo of James Rosenquist

James Rosenquist

Syracuse SymposiumTM continues its theme of “Networks” with a panel discussion about the role of the printmaking workshop in the career of pop artist James Rosenquist and in contemporary art, in general.

Titled “The Rosenquist Network: Collaboration and Connections in the American Print Workshop,” the discussion will take place Thursday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. in Slocum Auditorium. It is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Syracuse University Humanities Center, based in the College of Arts and Sciences, at 315-443-7192, or visit

Organized by Andrew Saluti G'09, assistant director of SUArt Galleries, the event is presented in collaboration with the Humanities Center, and is part of the SUArt Galleries exhibition James Rosenquist: Illustrious Works on Paper, Illuminating Paintings, running through Nov. 22 in the Shaffer Art Building.

“James Rosenquist is one of the most celebrated artists of our time,” says Vivian May, director of the Humanities Center and associate professor of women’s & gender studies. “Much of his work, which is monumental in size, explores the perception of space and time. He also has derived fragmented images from advertising to create enigmatic, thought-provoking narratives that foster a dialogue about consumer culture.”

Moderated by Sarah Bancroft, curator of the University exhibition, the panel features longtime Rosenquist collaborators Bill Goldston, director of and master printer at Universal Limited Art Editions, and Donald Saff, Emeritus Dean and Distinguished Professor of the Arts at the University of South Florida (USF) and founder of USF’s Graphicstudio.

A special Lunchtime Lecture with Bancroft, who also co-curated Rosenquist's full-career retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum in 2003, will be held on Oct. 22 at 12:15 p.m. in Shaffer.

"Geometry of "Fire"

"The Geometry of Fire" (2011)

Rosenquist shot to fame in the Sixties as a leader in the American pop art movement, alongside Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Claes Oldenburg. Since then, Rosenquist has created seminal works in printmaking, collage, drawing and painting, including “F-111” (1964-65), “Space Dust” (1989), and “The Geometry of Fire” (2011). The University’s exhibition balances his large-scale works with rare sketches, studies, and collages, providing a glimpse into his creative process.  

The Syracuse University Humanities Center, founded in 2008, fosters public engagement in the humanities, and is home to the Syracuse Symposium™, the Central New York Humanities Corridor, the Jeanette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professorship, the Mellon Visiting Collaborator, the HC Mini-Seminar and Symposium Seminar series, the Perpetual Peace Project, and other annual research initiatives, annual fellowships and public programming.

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