Venue #9 – School of Architecture, University of Virginia

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The School of Architecture, University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA (USA) hosted the ninth mosaic installation Victorious Secret created by visual artist Angela Lorenz in 2012-2013. This set of three triptychs, encompassing nine panels in all, is based upon actual ancient mosaics from 300 AD still in their original location in Piazza Armerina, Sicily (Italy). These mosaics of female athletes made out of buttons are dedicated to Title IX, a law created in the United States in 1972 to address inequality in sports programs and other discrimination. At UVA all three mosaic triptychs were hung in the School of Architecture’s East Wing Gallery from August 24th to Sept 26th, 2016.

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An opening reception was held as part of the Final Fridays programming August 26.

On Monday, September 19, 2016 the artist gave a public lecture, “Women Athletes as Family Status Symbol: Goals for Daughters in the Roman Empire,” in the architecture school, Campbell Hall. Lorenz was introduced by Catherine Spear, UVA’s Title IX coordinator, who relayed the meaning and history of Title IX, and its relevance today, as it is used to protect the rights of men and women, boys and girls at any schools receiving federal funding.

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On Tuesday, September 20 the artist was a guest lecturer in two UVA classes: Global Perspectives on Gender and Sport taught by professor Bonnie Hagerman, and Household Archeology taught by professor Foteini Kondyli. In professor Hagerman’s class, the discussion centered upon how to make research findings visual, with examples of alternate ways to convey academic research. In professor Kondyli’s class, the topic of gender roles and architectural spaces in ancient cultures fueled the discussion.

The artist is grateful for the support of many departments and employees that aided in the installation, promotion and funding of the exhibition and related events, especially the Women, Gender & Sexuality Program’s professors Cori Field and Bonnie Hagerman, and administrator Bridget Murphy. Thank you to UVA’s School of Architecture for hosting the Victorious Secret installation in their gallery, with the essential assistance of gallery coordinator Erin Root. Gratitude is also due to UVA’s Office of the Title IX Coordinator; Office of the Provost and the Vice Provost for the Arts; McIntire Department of Art; Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese and the Department of Classics.

Links to Victorious Secret events, activities and press:

http://iris.virginia.edu/2016/09/discovering-the-victorious-secret-angela-lorenz-and-the-athleticism-of-ancient-roman-women/

http://www.cavalierdaily.com/article/2016/09/revealing-the-victorious-secret

https://wgs.virginia.edu/content/victorious-secret-art-installation-angela-lorenz-final-fridays-reception-august-26-2016-530

http://www.wgs.virginia.edu/content/victorious-secret-talk-artist

http://www.virginia.edu/art/events/

http://classics.virginia.edu/victorious-secret-noticing-elite-sports-women-300-ad

https://virginia.box.com/s/0ad34t2mhn6fithru8jvwq5afm74fcma

https://www.news.virginia.edu/content/equity-sports-uvas-bonnie-hagerman-explains-impact-title-ix?utm_source=DailyReport&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=news

Venue #8 – The Press Hotel (Portland, Maine)

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Courtesy of designer Beth Taylor – http://www.longstockingdesign.com

The Press Hotel in Portland, Maine (USA) was the eighth venue for the mosaic installation Victorious Secret created by visual artist Angela Lorenz in 2012-2013. This set of three triptychs, encompassing nine panels in all, is based upon actual ancient mosaics from 300 AD still in their original location in Piazza Armerina, Sicily (Italy).

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Photograph by Kyle Dubay, courtesy of Maine College of Art

These mosaics of female athletes made out of buttons are dedicated to Title IX, a law created in the United States in 1972 to address inequality in women’s university sports programs and other discrimination.

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Photograph by Kyle Dubay, courtesy of Maine College of Art

At The Press Hotel all three mosaic triptychs were hung in the hotel Art Gallery as the inaugural temporary exhibition from July 1st to August 22nd, 2016.

For this venue, graphic designer and MECA graduate Beth Taylor was commissioned by The Press Hotel to create a map indicating the cities across the Ancient Roman world where the Pentathlon took place as reported by archaeologist Isabella Baldini Lippolis.

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Courtesy of designer Beth Taylor – http://www.longstockingdesign.com

Lorenz was present for openings during Portland’s First Friday Art Walks on July 1st and August 5th, the first night of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. This opportunity to exhibit the mosaics at The Press Hotel was especially poignant because it took place during international games with women competing in some of the events represented in the mosaics 2000 years earlier. 

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Limited Edition artist book about the project by Angela Lorenz – Photograph by Kyle Dubay, courtesy of Maine College of Art

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Photograph by Kyle Dubay, courtesy of Maine College of Art

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Photograph by Kyle Dubay, courtesy of Maine College of Art


For short video about the show: www.thepresshotel.com/stories

Venue #7 – The Education Commons, University of Pennsylvania

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The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA (USA) was the seventh venue for the mosaic installation Victorious Secret created by visual artist Angela Lorenz in 2012-2013. This set of three triptychs, encompassing nine panels in all, is based upon actual ancient mosaics from 300 AD still in their original location in Piazza Armerina, Sicily (Italy).

These mosaics of female athletes made out of buttons are dedicated to Title IX, a law created in the United States in 1972 to address inequality in women’s university sports programs and other discrimination.

At the University of Pennsylvania all three mosaic triptychs were hung in the Education Commons, an innovative space for studying and resting carved out of the eaves of the Franklin Field football stadium.

Lorenz gave an informal talk on the mosaics for students and staff in the exhibition space on October 20, 2015.

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penn venue kislakOn October 21 the artist gave a formal public lecture in the Kislak Center Pavilion cosponsored by Penn Humanities Forum. Following the lecture, the public was invited to the adjacent historical Henry Charles Lea Library room, where Lorenz’s artist’s books from Penn’s  permanent collection were on display during a Q&A with the general public. 

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On October 23 the artist lectured again in the Education Commons for the academic seminar Italian Through Art, established by the Center for Italian Studies, University of Pennsylvania. This is a series of accredited pedagogical seminars taught in Italian which share innovative teaching methods and ideas for curriculum development for Italian language programs U.S. schools.

The artist is grateful for the support of many departments and employees that aided in the installation, promotion and funding of the exhibition and related events, especially the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts: Will Noel, Lynne Farrington and  Andrea Gottschalk.  Thank you to H. Carton Rogers of Penn Libraries and Jim English, Heather Love and Jennifer Conway of the Penn Humanities Forum. Gratitude is also due to Eric Janec, Anu Vedantham and Kim Eke of the Education Commons for hosting the exhibition in this unique space devoted to athlete-scholars, and to Brooke Sietinsons for photographing events there. Grazie mille to Marina Della Putta Johnston, Undergraduate Chair, Italian Studies and Assistant Director, Center for Italian Studies for incorporating Victorious Secret into the Italian Pedagogical Seminar.

Photos of and links to Victorious Secret events, activities and press:

http://www.phf.upenn.edu/events/victorious-secret

http://www.phf.upenn.edu/events/entertaining-notions-elite-ideals-women-300-ad

http://www.library.upenn.edu/exhibits/victorious.html

https://www.flickr.com/photos/arts_at_penn/sets/72157659729218139/with/22334071536/

http://www.usspeaksitalian.org/italian-through-art-pedagogical-seminar-university-pennsylvania

 

Venue #6 – McCabe Library, Unified Science Center and “The Matchbox,” Swarthmore College

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Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, PA (USA) was the sixth venue for the mosaic installation Victorious Secret created by visual artist Angela Lorenz in 2012-2013. This set of three triptychs, encompassing nine panels in all, is based upon actual ancient mosaics from 300 AD still in their original location in Piazza Armerina, Sicily (Italy).

These mosaics of female athletes made out of buttons are dedicated to Title IX, a law created in the United States in 1972 to address inequality in women’s university sports programs and other discrimination. Swarthmore received support to host the exhibition from Swarthmore College Libraries, Office of the Title IX Coordinator, Art Department, Department of Classics, Student Wellness, Athletics and Facilities Management. They were on view from August 17 – October 4, 2015.

swarthmore blog matchboxREDUCED.jpgFor the first time ever the three mosaic triptychs were placed in three different campus buildings, topping and diversifying Yale’s earlier placement of the mosaics in two library venues. This maximized the number of visitors, athletes and scholars able to view the work and encouraged students and faculty to visit various areas of campus, such as the Matchbox, a new athletic facility for physical fitness, wellness and dance.
swarthmore blog science centerREDUX.jpgAnother triptych was placed in the Unified Science Center, just outside a major lecture hall and adjacent to a popular campus cafe. The third triptych hung in the McCabe Library entrance, a location featured on all campus tours and a heavy area of student foot traffic. This multi-venue strategy resulted in an unprecedented number of student newspaper articles, four in total.

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Lorenz gave a talk on the mosaics on September 10, 2015 in McCabe Library, which included a tour of Swarthmore’s holdings of Lorenz’s artist’s books, on display in the library as a complementary exhibition titled Angela Lorenz: The Artists’ Books.

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She also met with two visual arts classes in the McCabe venue, including Professor Syd Carpenter’s Foundation Drawing class which focuses on drawing as an interdisciplinary visual language.

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During this hands-on visit to the McCabe venue the exhibition cases were opened to allow for physical manipulation of the artist’s books on view, together with process materials from various stages of each work on view. These instructive materials were donated by Lorenz in honor of Anne Garrison, former curator of the book arts collection.

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Many departments and employees of Swarthmore College aided in the installation, promotion and funding of the exhibition and related campus events, including Swarthmore College Libraries, Office of the Title IX Coordinator, Art Department, Department of Classics, Student Wellness, Athletics and Facilities Management. Particular thanks go out to two individuals who worked closely with the artist to coordinate events, installation, communications and photography: Susan Dreher, Visual Resources and Initiatives Librarian and Annette Newman, Assistant to College Librarian.

Photos of and links to Victorious Secret events, activities and press:

http://calendar.swarthmore.edu/calendar/EventList.aspx?fromdate=8/16/2015&todate=9/14/2015&display=Month&type=public&eventidn=13586&view=EventDetails&information_id=37595

http://swarthmorephoenix.com/2015/09/03/headline/

http://swarthmorephoenix.com/2015/09/10/angela-lorenz-spreads-to-mccabe-with-book-art/

http://daily.swarthmore.edu/2015/09/16/perceptions-of-the-feminine-body-the-empowerment-of-angela-lorenzs-victorious-secret/

http://daily.swarthmore.edu/2015/09/15/the-memory-palaces-of-angela-lorenz/

Venue #5 – Robert B. Haas Family Library and Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University

Sterling Memorial Library location, Yale (courtesy of the New Haven Independent).

Yale University in New Haven, CT (USA) was the fifth venue for the mosaic installation Victorious Secret created by visual artist Angela Lorenz in 2012-2013. This set of three triptychs, encompassing nine panels in all, is based upon actual ancient mosaics from 300 AD still in their original location in Piazza Armerina, Sicily (Italy).

yale tennis teamThese mosaics of female athletes made out of buttons are dedicated to Title IX, a law created in the United States in 1972 to address inequality in women’s university sports programs and other discrimination. A variety of departments, staff members and campus groups lent support and energy to this exhibition and related events. The artist was particularly pleased that the Yale Women’s Tennis Team came as a team bonding activity to the lecture and subsequent event, at which the public printed a keepsake of the lecture and exhibition on an antique Albion press in Sterling Library.

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Robert B. Haas Family Library location, Yale.

For the first time, the mosaics were placed in two separate locations on one university campus, the Robert B. Haas Family Library and Sterling Memorial Library, to maximize the number of viewers from March 15  – June 30, 2015.  In addition to written information displayed next to the mosaics, the video of Victorious Secret was continuously run on monitors adjacent to the exhibit, allowing students to unlock the meaning of the piece and its iconography of athletic equipment and prizes.

Lorenz gave a talk on the mosaics on March in Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall on March 25, 2015. The lecture was followed by a special event to commemorate the talk and the exhibition: the general public was invited to print a keepsake on an antique Albion hand-press, part of the sponsorship of the Bibliographical Press. The artist was also invited by Yale Women’s Forum for an informal discussion at Yale Center for Women.

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The artist is grateful for the support of many departments, employees and student organizations that aided in the installation, promotion and funding of the exhibition and related events, especially Jae Rossman, Acting Director of the Robert B. Haas Family Library, the Bibliographical Press, and the Yale Women’s Center. 


Photos of and links to Victorious Secret events, activities and press:

http://yaleherald.com/voices/sitting-down-with-angela-lorenz/

http://yaledailynews.com/blog/2015/03/25/exhibition-tackles-female-athlete-discrimination/

http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/angela_lorenz/

http://ris-systech2.its.yale.edu/emailuploads/pages/ap393315201564723PM.html

http://its.yale.edu/news/noticing-women-elite-sports-research-and-process-bikini-mosaics-march-25

http://web.library.yale.edu/news/2015/03/noticing-women-elite-sports-research-and-process-bikini-mosaics

http://artscalendar.yale.edu/week/2015-03-29?event=CAL-2c9cb3cd-4bfd4d5c-014c-23ae7431-0000449dbedework%40yale.edu_

http://web.library.yale.edu/arts/news/lorenz

Venue #4 – Olin Library, Wesleyan University

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Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT (USA) was the fourth venue for the mosaic installation Victorious Secret created by visual artist Angela Lorenz in 2012-2013. This set of three triptychs, encompassing nine panels in all, is based upon actual ancient mosaics from 300 AD still in their original location in Piazza Armerina, Sicily (Italy).

These mosaics of female athletes made out of buttons are dedicated to Title IX, a law created in the United States in 1972 to address inequality in women’s university sports programs and other discrimination. Wesleyan received support to host the exhibition from a variety of campus departments and offices, including the Athletics Department, the Office of Equity and Inclusion and the Friends of Wesleyan Library. They were on view from November 10, 2014 – February 28, 2015.

IMG_1816The mosaics were placed in a heavy area of foot traffic on campus to maximize the number of visitors, athletes and scholars able to view the work: the elegant, monumental lobby of Olin Library.  In addition to an informative poster displayed next to the mosaics, the video of Victorious Secret was continuously run on a monitor adjacent to the exhibit, allowing students to unlock the meaning of the piece and its iconography of athletic equipment and prizes. It would be difficult to imagine a more appropriate setting for the mosaics in the United States, as the Olin Library lobby is based on ancient Roman decor with a marble mosaic-tiled floor, three-legged bronze lamps and marble columns. Bespoke wooden panels were created to display the mosaics free-standing in a semi-circle reminiscent of a Roman theater.

Angela Lorenz and Hira Jafri, Wesleyan '13, M.A. '14 after a game of Pilgrim's Progress.

Angela Lorenz and Hira Jafri, Wesleyan ’13, M.A. ’14 after a game of Pilgrim’s Progress.

Lorenz gave a talk on the mosaics on November 19, 2014 in Olin Library, which was followed by an open house in Special Collections to which the public was invited to view and handle a selection of the artist’s holdings at Wesleyan. At another event organized by the university, students and staff played Lorenz’s 12-foot long cloth game based on John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress (1678).

The artist is grateful for the support of many departments and employees of Wesleyan University that aided in the installation, IMG_1824promotion and funding of the exhibition and related campus events. In particular thanks go out to Director of Special Collections and Archives, Suzy Taraba, and Jennifer Hadley, Library Assistant, who collaborated closely with the artist to coordinate events and communications. Funding from the Office of Equity and Inclusion, the Athletics Department, the Friends of Wesleyan Library and Olin’s Special Collections and Archives made the exhibition possible. The Davison Art Gallery kindly lent master installer Lee Berman, who designed and created the free-standing wooden panels for the mosaics specifically for the Wesleyan venue.


Photos of and links to Victorious Secret events, activities and press:

http://www.wesleyan.edu/libr/friends/events.html

http://wesleying.org/2014/11/19/artists-talk-victorious-secret-elite-olympic-champions-as-dancing-bikini-girls/

http://www.wesleyan.edu/libr/friends/images/newsletters/LIB14330_CIO-Spring2015_0305_DM_web%20p1.jpg

Venue #3 – Waterfall Arts, Belfast, ME

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Waterfall Arts in Belfast, Maine (USA) was the third venue for the mosaic installation Victorious Secret created by visual artist Angela Lorenz in 2012-2013. This set of three triptychs, encompassing nine panels in all, is based upon actual ancient mosaics from 300 AD still in their original location in Piazza Armerina, Sicily (Italy). The mosaics were on view June 13 – July 25, 2014.

waterfall arts talkWhile these mosaics of female athletes made out of buttons are dedicated to Title IX, a law created in the United States in 1972 to address inequality in women’s university sports programs and other discrimination, at Waterfall Arts they were part of an exhibition focusing on art relating to attitudes and perceptions of women’s bodies titled “Living in These Bodies I.” Lorenz and the other exhibiting artists gave a lecture on their respective works July 17, 2014.

waterfall installationThe artist is grateful for the support of the volunteers and staff that aided in the installation, promotion and funding of the exhibition and related events, especially Director of Programming Martha Piscuskas, who conceived of and organized the exhibition together with her dedicated staff and volunteers.


Photos of and links to Victorious Secret events, activities and press:

http://www.penbaypilot.com/affiliate-post/living-these-bodies-opens-waterfall-arts/34454

http://www.umvaonline.org/blog/living-in-these-bodies-part-i/

Venue # 2 – Steinbach Gallery, Phillips Academy, Andover

Phillips Academy, Andover  in Andover, Massachusetts (USA) was the second venue for the mosaic installation Victorious Secret created by visual artist Angela Lorenz in 2012-2013. This set of three triptychs, encompassing nine panels in all, is based upon actual ancient mosaics from 300 AD still in their original location in Piazza Armerina, Sicily (Italy). They were on view from April 4 – June 15, 2014.

While these mosaics of female athletes made out of buttons are dedicated to Title IX, a law created in the United States in 1972 to address inequality in women’s university sports programs and other discrimination, at Phillips Academy they appropriately celebrated 40 years of coeducation as well. The mosaic installation was part of a larger exhibition celebrating coeducation, titled “What Artists Study” that featured eight alumni artists from the first decade of coeducation.

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Victorious Secret and the other works were exhibited in the Steinbach Gallery, a main thoroughfare in the principal building on campus, George Washington Hall. It leads from the student mail room and lounge area through to the two campus theaters and main administration offices, a heavily trafficked venue. The exhibition was inaugurated during the Coed@40 Spring Forum in April 2014, one of many events devoted to reflection upon the forty years since Abbot Academy and Phillips Academy merged in 1973. An exhibition catalog, “What Artists Study: Distinguishing Abbot Academy’s Legacy in Coeducation” features essays on the history of hands-on learning at Abbot Academy, a girls’ school founded in 1828, and the experiences of eight alumni artists regarding the impact of education on their work and creative process.

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Lorenz gave a public talk on Victorious Secret and the other works in the show, together with fellow alumni artist and Phillips Academy art instructor Thayer Zaeder, one of several talks by artists over the course of the spring. The artist is grateful for the support of many departments and employees of Phillips Academy, Andover that aided in the installation, promotion and funding of the exhibition and related events, especially the Abbot Academy Association, the Phillips Academy Art Department, the Office of Academy Resources, the Coed@40 Committee and the Addison Gallery of American Art.


Photos of and links to Victorious Secret events, activities and press:

http://www.andover.edu/about/newsroom/pages/coedspringforum.aspx

http://phillipsacademy.smugmug.com/Alumni/Coed40-Spring-Forum/i-J8ks69g

http://phillipian.net/2014/04/10/alumni-exhibit-touches-on-coeducation-and-material-culture/

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At the opening of What Artists Study. Left to right: Chris Fitch ’83, Thayer Zaeder ’83, Head of School John Palfrey, Angela Lorenz ’83, PA art instructor Peg Harrigan, and visitor Theodore Jyck.

Venue #1 – Berry Brickway Gallery, Dartmouth College

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Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire (USA) was the inaugural venue for the mosaic installation Victorious Secret created by visual artist Angela Lorenz in 2012-2013. This set of three triptychs, encompassing nine panels in all, is based upon actual ancient mosaics from 300 AD still in their original location in Piazza Armerina, Sicily (Italy).

While these mosaics of female athletes made out of buttons are dedicated to Title IX, a law created in the United States in 1972 to address inequality in women’s university sports programs and other discrimination, at Dartmouth the timing was particularly serendipitous as the school was also celebrating 40 years of coeducation.

The mosaics were placed in the heaviest area of foot traffic on campus, the main thoroughfare in the principal building on camplorenz_01us, Baker-Berry Library, leading to the student cafe and lounge area. This means thousands of people daily paraded by the mosaics in the Brickway Gallery, including all campus tours, from August 30 – December 1, 2013.  In addition to an informative poster displayed next to the mosaics, the video of Victorious Secret was continuously run on a monitor adjacent to the exhibit, allowing students to unlock the meaning of the piece and its iconography of athletic equipment and prizes.
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Dartmouth created a separate exhibition in the Rauner Library of some of their Angela Lorenz holdings, a selection of artist’s books housed in Rauner’s Special Collections, entitled “Angela Lorenz: A Sampler” on exhibit from August 30 – November 30, 2015. The artist gave a talk on the mosaics on October 30 in Baker-Berry Library, and taught a visual arts class on October 31. The class consisted of Lorenz’s conceptual alphabet project, a workshop in which each student creates letters with inventive processes and materials that relate somehow to the letter itself. Each alphabet is then gathered in a container and often donated to a public collection of artist’s books.

The artist is grateful for the support of many departments and employees of Dartmouth College that aided in the installation, promotion and funding of the exhibition and related events, especially Jeffrey Horrell, Dean of Libraries and Librarian of the College, who green-lighted the project and Jay Satterfield, Special Collections Librarian, who mounted the related exhibition in Rauner Special Collections Library. Laura Barrett, Director of Education and Outreach, Baker-Berry Library and  Dennis Grady, Web Support and Graphic Arts Specialist, both bore the brunt of the installation and communication details. Former Studio Art Department Head Esme Thompson supported the visiting artist’s stay and teaching on campus, and the Friends of the Library and Baker-Berry Library sponsored the lecture.

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Poster designed by Dennis Grady, Web Support and Graphic Arts Specialist (Berry-Baker Library)


Photos of and links to Victorious Secret events, activities and press:

http://thedartmouth.com/2013/10/31/lorenzs-mosaics-find-inspiration-in-italian-archaeological-findings/

http://www.dartmouth.edu/~library/exhibits/bakerberry/listing.html

http://raunerlibrary.blogspot.com/2013/08/cage-33.html

http://raunerlibrary.blogspot.com/2012/06/devil-is-in-details.html