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FGCU Presents "Memorials of Identity" from the Rubell Family Collection

FORT MYERS, FL - The public is invited to view “Memorials of Identity,” an exhibition of new media from the Rubell Family Collection, through Monday, March 1 at the Florida Gulf Coast University Arts Complex art gallery.

“Memorials of Identity” features seven new media works by five international artists dealing with issues of identity and quotidian-reality exploring memories, personal legacy and aspects of the artists’ backgrounds to express the political and historical realities of their countries. The artists feel that the juxtaposing of past and present helps them define identity and meaning.

Each screening will be accompanied by free, fully-illustrated exhibition notes. At the closing reception, a full color catalog of the exhibition will be launched.

“Memorials of Identity” is a collaboration between the FGCU and the Rubell Family Collection.

The Rubell Family Collection is one of the leading collections of contemporary art in the world. It has extensive holdings of artists working today in new media. The FGCU exhibit draws from that collection. The Rubell Family Collection functions as a museum but also loans works to other institutions to support their exhibition activities.

As part of its exhibition services, curators from the Rubell Family Collection constitute exhibitions, which travel from the Collection to university galleries and other educational institutions.

Luisa Lagos is curator for the exhibition. Lagos studied at Hunter College in New York and obtained the Curatorial Certificate from the Rubell Family Collection in 2002. She is now a visiting curator at the Rubell Family Collection. She was the assistant curator of La struttura della sopravvivenza / The Structure of Survival, working alongside Carlos Basualdo. The exhibition was one of the eight official exhibitions in the Arsenale for the 2003 Venice Biennale.

A presentation is planned for 5 p.m., Monday, March 1 in Arts Complex 111, followed by the closing reception in the gallery from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Admission is free and the gallery is open to the public 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, excluding University holidays.

To make a reservation for the reception, contact the gallery at (239) 590-7222 or .

For more information about the exhibit, contact gallery director Kate Kramer at (239) 590-7222 or , or visit the gallery online at .

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