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Painting Borges: Art Interpreting Literature

Sep 21 - Feb 23 2014

UB Anderson Gallery

Jorge Luis Borges is one of the most prominent literary figures whose work is also profoundly philosophical. His stories are filled with conceptual puzzles that prompt the reader to face the most fundamental questions concerning human existence. Painting Borges is a collection of paintings, drawings, etchings and mixed media works created by 16 artists in response to stories by this Argentinean writer.

Twelve stories by Borges are organized according to three topics: identity and memory, freedom and destiny, and faith and divinity. Many of the works in the exhibition were produced specifically for this project. Participating artists: Luis Cruz Azaceta, Alejandro Boim, Miguel Cámpora, Ricardo Celma, Claudio D’Leo, Laura Delgado, Héctor Destéfanis, Carlos Estévez, Etienne Gontard, José Franco, Mirta Kupferminc, Nicolás Menza, Mauricio Nizzero, Estela Pereda, Paul Sierra, and Alberto Rey.

Curated by Jorge J. E. Gracia, Samuel P. Capen Chair in Philosophy and SUNY Distinguished Professor.

The book, Painting Borges: Philosophy Interpreting Art Interpreting Literature, written by Jorge J. E. Gracia and published by State University of New York Press in 2012, accompanies the exhibition.

Exhibition and programming support provided by UB’s Samuel P. Capen Chair, University at Buffalo (UB) Art Galleries, Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York, UB Humanities Institute, UB’s Department of Comparative Literature, and UB’s Department of Philosophy.

UB Anderson Gallery is supported with funds from the College of Arts and Sciences, the Anderson Gallery Program Fund, and UB Collection Care and Management Endowment Funds.

The exhibition is part of The College of Arts & Sciences Centennial, celebrating 100 years of excellence in research, teaching and service.