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Head Has Name

Students in the Lewis Center for the Arts’ spring 2013 Princeton Atelier course, “Appropriation: The Politics of Intertextuality in Word and Image,” will present new text, readings and art created over the past semester on Wednesday, May 8 at 3:00 p.m. in the Guggenheim Gallery at Whitman College on the Princeton campus. The course was led by author Rick Moody and painter John O’Connor. A reception will follow the presentation, both of which are free and open to the public. 

The course focused on interactivity and multi-disciplinary qualities of contemporary art.  Through case histories, in-class assignments derived from demonstrations of how to create intertextual work, and critiques, students were challenged to use new materials and to deal conceptually with what their works are about.  

Students whose work will be shown are:  Kathleen Brite ’13, Lynse Cooper ’16, Lauren Schwartz ’14, and Emily Erickson ’14.

"It is our unfinished task that we depict here," remark Moody and O'Connor, "a project of the many, not the few, a project of enterprise and initiative, a project that opens the doors to creative work for artists across the disciplines. We don't expect art to solve every problem. We don't expect professors working in every department to agree with our solutions. Still, art moves forward only when we do so together, and the responsibility for our creative endeavor remains the task of us all."

Moody is the author of five novels including Garden State and The Four Fingers of Death, three collections of stories, a memoir, and, most recently, a volume of essays on music.  His work has appeared in Le Monde, The Guardian, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Harper's, The Atlantic, and elsewhere, and has been anthologized widely including in multiple editions of the Pushcart Prize Anthology.   His novel, The Ice Storm, was made into a film directed by Ang Lee which won best screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival.  He also writes and records with The Wingdale Community Singers, whose third album, Night, Sleep, Death, was recently completed.  His radio pieces have appeared on The Next Big Thing, Re:Sound, Weekend America, Morning Edition, and at the Third Coast International Audio Festival.   His work has received numerous awards including Editor’s Choice Award from the Pushcart Press,  Aga Khan Award from The Paris Review,   Addison Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim fellowship, the  NAMI/Ken Book Award, and the PEN Martha Albrand prize.

O’Connor’s work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Weatherspoon Museum, Southern Methodist University, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art.  He received a Master of Fine Arts and Masters in Art History from Pratt Institute in 2000 and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.  He was a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts grant in painting and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant.  In 2011 he had a solo exhibition at Pierogi Gallery in Brooklyn and has had recent solo exhibitions at Martin Asbaek Projects in Copenhagen and Fleisher Ollman Gallery in Philadelphia.  He currently has a studio at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation.

The Princeton Atelier offers four to five unique, interdisciplinary courses each year, usually inviting guest artists as faculty who collaborate with one another and students to create new work. Over the past decade, guest artists have included choreographer Jacques d’Amboise, vocal group Anonymous 4, percussionist Evelyn Glennie, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, novelist Gabriel García Márquez, visual artist Irina Nakhova, the Pig Iron Theatre Company, Bernice Johnson Reagon of Sweet Honey in the Rock and theater director Peter Sellars.

Each course culminates in the public presentation of new work, and both the seminars and these final presentations have become vibrant mainstays of the University’s creative and performing arts public offerings.  Courses are open to all students by application and are offered in both the fall and spring semesters.

To learn more about this event, the Princeton Atelier, and the more than 100 public events offered annually by the Lewis Center for the Arts visit

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Photo caption: A tabloid headline image which inspired the title and one of the works to be featured in Head Has Name:  Text, readings and art in the tradition of appropriation and intertextuality created in a spring 2013 Princeton Atelier course led by author Rick Moody and painter John O’Connor


Event Information


Wednesday, May 8 at 3:00 p.m.

Guggenheim Gallery at Whitman College

A reception will follow the performance

Free and open to the public



The Princeton Atelier was endowed in 2009 through the generosity of a donor who has chosen to remain anonymous. The Atelier is additionally supported through The Newhouse Foundation, The Erik C. Blachford '89 Fund, The Schare-Pfaffenroth Endowment Fund, The Jordan Roth '97 Performance Fund and The Peter T. Joseph Foundation.


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