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Created: September 20, 2002
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Patrick Graham's Dear Heart Painting Is Dead:
Rediscovering Painting

Site Copyright: Jeanne Curran and Susan R. Takata and Individual Authors, September 2002.
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The Patrick Graham Exhibit and Lecture, Thursday, September 19, 2002.

On Thursday evening, September 19, 2002, we agreed to cancel a class meeting at CSUDH to attend a lecture by Patrick Graham, an eminent Irish artist. It was a hard decision, because we've been having some good discussions in re-interpreting theory, and we've lots of ground to cover. But Pat and I had been to Patick Graham's exhibit at Jack Rutberg's Gallery, and we hoped the lecture would feed into our dicussions on recognition of harm, and the need to speak out so that the harm becomes known. We didn't know how this wonderful artist would feed into those issues of social justice, but we figured we needed not to miss the chance that it might. Bobby Nelson planned to join us, but at the last minute he had a car problem. Most everyone else had other classes and couldn't come. This file is our attempt to begin an illocutionary discussion on the role of art in understanding and transforming social justice.

Over the course of the weekend I'll manage to put this file together so that you can see the connections that Pat and I were making with Maria Pia Lara's concept of recognition of harm and the essential need to voice that recognition and to refuse silencing. I was also making connections with our recent discussions of intimacy and solidarity and the complexity of that issue. For now, I've got some other tasks, like the report of grades, so I'll finish this later, as I get a chance. Meanwhile, I've put up images of many of Patrick Graham's pieces, so you can have a quick look on your own, and take some time to discover your reactions to them. For those of you who are touched by his art, please vist the Jack Rutberg Gallery on LaBrea where you will be able to contemplate in a real, not virtual world. More soon, jeanne

These images are all copyrighted, and you may not reproduce them except for your own personal use; they are introduced here under "fair use" for purposes of study only, and will be removed once our discussions are completed. For any other use, contact Jack Rutberg's Gallery on LaBrea Ave. in Los Angeles, Calif. jeanne

My first plan for a virtual illocutionary discussion is to tell you the story, as I recall it, of Friday night's lecture. Then I will try to comment on many of the paintings, just leaving them in the order they are in here. Sometimes I may have a lot to say; sometimes I may be lost before a given painting. Such is the experience of art for a non-professional. But I will share with you my own reactions. I ask that you then join me in sharing yours, in questioning, in wondering, and in experienceing Patrick Graham's work in the light of our foray into social justice.

Jack Rutberg on Patrick Graham An essay on Patrick Graham's importance within the world of art.

Notes: Remind me to tell you about the question: "Is it Ok for me to relate all this theory to my own life experiences?" You bet it is!