Uros House on view at University Art Museum
LAFAYETTE - Uros House, a site-specific, lighting sculpture installation by artist Grimanesa Amorós, will be on view at the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, located at 710 East St. Mary Blvd. in Lafayette, from August 6 through the end of the year.
Recently shown in Times Square, the sculpture was presented as part of the 2011 Armory Show along with three other artists: Tom Otterness, David Kennedy Cutler, and Niki de Saint Phalle. Amorós was also invited to show at the 2011 Venice Biennale in Venice, Italy.
Uros House, made of polyethylene, steel, metal and computer controlled LEDs, was inspired by structures built by the Uros Indians in Peru. The pre-Incan Uros, who lived on 42 self-fashioned floating islands in Lake Titicaca, built everything out of totora reeds, a sub species of the giant bulrush sedge.
“The Uros House sculpture will embody the beauty of sea foam, while maintaining the traditional technique and shape of the Uros islands houses,” said Amorós, who was born and raised in Peru. “The structure will seemingly arise from the ground as if it were one with the earth.”
Grimanesa Amorós is an interdisciplinary artist with diverse interests in the fields of social history, scientific research and critical theory, which have greatly influenced her work. She often makes use of sculpture, video, and lighting to create works that illuminate our notions of personal identity and community. Amorós was born in Lima, Peru but lives and works in New York City.
Additionally, “New Exhibit” at Hilliard Art Museum celebrates its growing collection. Over the past decade, the museum has added over 850 objects to its collections of local, national and international artists. Many of these objects are on view for the first time in the museum.
With so many objects to display, the museum will periodically alternate items. Some of the artists represented in the exhibition include Janet Fish, Ida Kohlmeyer, Clyde Connell, Roy Ferdinand Jr., William Moreland and Jimmy Lee Sudduth.
Thanks to donors such as Sylvia and Warren Lowe, Sarah Jane Stephens, British Petroleum Corporation and many others, the museum will continue to develop areas of cultural significance so that future generations are able to learn about the objects and their creators.
“New Acquisitions 2000-2011” will remain on view throughout 2011.
The Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum in Lafayette, Louisiana is Acadiana’s architectural landmark and the largest art museum between Houston and New Orleans. The Museum features a variety of changing exhibitions and a continuing schedule of lectures and programs. One can enjoy the museum and the beauty of University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus, just blocks away from the galleries, shops and famous restaurants of downtown Lafayette and the Oil Center.
Visit museum.louisiana.edu or call 337-482-2278.