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MARIANNE LETRO LAINE GALLERY
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PRINT STUDY ROOM — SECOND FLOOR
Jean Carzou (Armenian 1907–2000) was a French–Armenian artist, painter, and illustrator, whose work illustrated the novels of Ernest Hemingway and Albert Camus.
Carzou was born Karnik Zouloumian in Aleppo, Syria, to an Armenian family. Carzou later created his name from the first syllables of his name and surname, and added a Parisian nickname, "Jean."
He was educated in Cairo, Egypt, before moving to Paris in 1924 to study architecture. He started working as a theater decorator but quickly realized he preferred drawing and painting. In 1938, more than a hundred exhibitions of his works were organized in Paris, in the French provinces and abroad. In 1949, he received the coveted Hallmark prize.
In 1952, he created costumes and sceneries for Les Indes Galantes of Rameau at the Opéra de Paris. He continued with Le Loup (1953) for "Les Ballets" of Roland Petit, Giselle (1954) and Athalie (1955) at the Opéra and "La Comédie française."
Carzou was elected a member of the Institut de France, Académie des beaux-arts, succeeding in the seat left vacant by the death of painter Jean Bouchaud in 1977. He was also awarded the National Order of Merit of France. A museum dedicated to the work of this artist is in the town of Dinard, France.
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PAUL E. BELTZ GALLERY — SECOND FLOOR
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We see and use symbols in everyday life. They are often so commonly used that our minds do not distinguish them from the written word.
As visual elements, symbols are often used as shortcuts in describing more complex concepts, actions or ideas, such as love or hope for eternal life. Symbols have been a proponent of language since the beginning of history. In fact, the English language, as we understand it, is simply a system of symbols.
In Figures of Speech, we bring together artifacts from many varied cultures and history to explore the concept of language and communication, juxtaposing them with those we more commonly employ today.
This exhibition features a series of eight quilts created by textile artist Ruta Marino on the subject of sexual assault.
The exhibition uses traditional quilts, usually a source of comfort, as a contrasting framework to share victims' memories of their shattering experiences.
A panel discussion about the exhibition and sexual assault in our communities will take place at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, in the second-floor Print Study Room. All are welcome to attend.
Marino, senior curator at the Quick Center from 2003 to 2007, has found inspiration in works by such diverse artists as Sandro Botticelli, Andy Warhol, Henri Matisse, Jasper Johns, Mark Rothko and Jim Dine.
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