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Conceptual artists to give illustrated talk, Oct. 10

New York conceptual artists Bradley McCallum and Jacqueline Tarry will show slides and discuss their work at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, in Room 219 at 185 Nassau St.

"Bradley McCallum and Jacqueline Tarry represent the forefront of a new generation of artists for whom the problems of the world today are first and foremost subject matter in their artwork," writes Franklin Sirmans, a freelance writer and editor who is a lecturer in the Council of the Humanities this fall, in an essay on the artists' Web site. "McCallum and Tarry's photographs and video works illustrate how socioeconomic realities and political ideologies dominate ordinary, though highly personal lives. Presenting critical analyses in accessible forms, they merge performance, narrative and documentary images to create their art works."

Their recent work, "Civic Endurance," is a series of life-size color photographs and a video that together document a 25-hour endurance performance with homeless Seattle teenagers. The portraits were taken minutes before each youth took part in the "endurance performance," which involved standing still and looking directly into the camera for an hour without speaking. The 26 youths gave their testimony during an audiotaped interview afterward. Each hour of real-time performance was compressed to five minutes, creating a finished work of two hours.

The event at Princeton is being sponsored by the Program in Visual Arts.

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