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Honors Program to expand Speaker's Series in spring

New Mexico State University will expand its spring Speaker's Series to include two presentations, one by artist Judy Chicago and the other by author Susan Sontag.



Judy Chicago, an artist known for pioneering the feminist art movement, will speak at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, 2002, in the Corbett Center Ballrooms as part of the New Mexico State University Speaker's Series. (Courtesy photo)

versity Speaker's Series, presented each spring by the Honors Program and the Office of the Provost, strives to bring to Las Cruces distinguished lecturers who will appeal to a broad community audience. Previous speakers have included Native American author N. Scott Momaday, neurologist Oliver Sacks, primatologist Jane Goodall and social activist Gloria Steinem.

Chicago, an artist known for pioneering the feminist art movement, will speak at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, 2002, in the Corbett Center Ballrooms. Sontag, a fiction writer, essayist and cultural critic, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, 2002, at the Pan American Center.


Chicago's presentation, "From Project to Paper," is being held in conjunction with an exhibition of her art at the New Mexico State University Art Gallery. The "Trials and Tributes: a Judy Chicago Retrospective" exhibit will run at the gallery from Dec. 14 through Feb. 17.

She is perhaps best known for her collaborative feminist piece, "The Dinner Party,' which is a mixed-media installation set on an open triangular 48-foot table that holds 39 dinner plates, each representing a famous woman in history.

Chicago's lecture is sponsored by the Board of Trustees of the Friends of the Gallery and the University Art Gallery. Additional funding was provided by the Women's Studies Program.



Sontag's presentation is titled "Politics of Art." Her work includes four novels, a collection of stories and six collections of essays. Sontag's stories and essays have appeared in such magazines as The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books and The Atlantic. Her books have been translated into 23 languages and her subjects range from literature and the visual and performance arts to ethics, politics and culture.

For more information about the Speaker's Series, call the Honors Program at (505) 646-2005.