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Artist to discus L.A. paintings and film, April 25-26

Painter and filmmaker Sarah Morris will discuss her latest work, based on the city of Los Angeles, at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, in Betts Auditorium, School of Architecture. In addition, her new film, "Los Angeles," will be shown at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 25, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

Morris' latest body of work focuses on the city's unique and spectacular architecture, its sprawling, de-centered urban plan and its role as a center for image production.

Her paintings incorporate complex grids and bright colors executed in household gloss paint. Pictured here is her 2005 work "Creative Artists Agency (Los Angeles)."

Her film, "Los Angeles" -- like her four earlier films -- has been described as a "hyper-narrative" of a city at a very distinct moment in time. In "Capital," Morris shot Washington, D.C., during the last days of the Clinton administration. In "Los Angeles," the city is captured during the week running up to and including the Oscars.

Morris has described her films as "condensed manifestos" for the paintings, in the sense that they provide a compendium of collaged images that could provide the visual source from which the paintings have abstractly evolved.

The events are sponsored by the Program in Visual Arts.

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