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Eric Sloss

For immediate release:
December 1, 2005

Carnegie Mellon School of Art Hosts Krzysztof Wodiczko as the 21st Robert Lepper Distinguished Lecture in Creative Inquiry, April 18, 2006

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University School of Art will host a lecture by Krzysztof Wodiczko, the 21st Robert Lepper Distinguished Lecturer in Creative Inquiry, at 6 p.m. on April 18, 2006, in McConomy Auditorium in the University Center located on Carnegie Mellon's campus. Wodiczko, an artist, philosopher and visionary, leads the Interrogative Design Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Center for Advanced Visual Studies. An internationally renowned artist, Wodiczko's public projections on architectural facades and monuments relate to issues such as militarism, xenophobia, urban violence, domestic abuse and homelessness.

"We regard Krzysztof Wodiczko as a consummate example of an artist exemplifying aspects of the School of Art's own educational, artistic and social missions and as a wonderful model to celebrate in the College of Fine Arts' centennial year," said Susanne Slavick, head of the School of Art. "Wodiczko is a leader in "active" culture and, like our alumni, faculty and students, succeeds in making art that matters," she said.

Over the last decade, Wodiczko has realized more than 70 public projections across the world; since 1985 he has been honored with eight major retrospectives of his work. His work has been exhibited in Documenta, the Paris Biennale, the Sydney Biennale, the Lyon Biennale, the Venice Biennale and other major international art festivals and exhibitions. In 1998, he was awarded the 4th Hiroshima Art Prize for high achievement in international contemporary art and contributions to world peace.

Wodiczko earned his MFA in 1968 from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Poland, with an emphasis on architecture, industrial design and the visual arts. Before joining the faculty at MIT, he taught at the École National Supérieure des Beaux Arts, California Institute of Arts and Cooper Union School of Art. He lectures frequently around the world and conducts seminars on such topics as: the history and theory of the avant-garde; nomadic design; art identity and community; design, technology and ethics; the art of counter-memory; and interrogative design. His recent exhibit at Galerie Lelong in New York City is reviewed in the November issue of "Art in America."

"The School of Art is pleased to honor Wodiczko as the 21st Robert Lepper Distinguished Lecturer in Creative Inquiry. His extensive and accomplished history of vivid and moving engagements with diverse communities in realms both personal and public warrants this recognition in the spirit of Robert Lepper's legacy," Slavick said.

Robert L. Lepper (1906-1991) was born in Aspinwall, Pa., and graduated from Carnegie Institute of Technology (Carnegie Mellon) in 1927. He joined the faculty at Carnegie Tech in 1930, where he would remain until his retirement in 1975. The lecture is in honor of Lepper's memory. Past lecturers include Marina Marina Abramovic and Mel Chin.

The 2005-06 academic year represents the centennial anniversary of Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts. In the fall of 1905, the first students matriculated in the School of Fine and Applied Arts at the Carnegie Technical Schools. The College of Fine Arts is a community of nationally and internationally recognized artists and professionals organized into: Architecture, Art, Design, Drama and Music, and their associated centers and programs. The School of Art is one of the nation's most distinguished degree-granting art programs. For more information about events marking the College of Fine Arts Centennial, visit For more information about the College of Fine Arts, visit or contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765 or


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