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  • Allan Discusses Seattle Artist Isaac Layman at the Frye Art Museum

    December 1, 2011

    Art History Professor Ken Allan conducts a gallery talk on the Frye Art Museum’s current exhibit,Isaac Layman—Paradise, on December 3 at 2 p.m. at the museum.   

    “Isaac Layman is one of Seattle’s most respected artists,” Allan said. “This is his first solo museum exhibit of all new work, and one that shouldn’t be missed.”

    Allan collaborated with Layman on a project for the exhibition Intellectual Property at the Hedreen Gallery on the Seattle University campus and also wrote a gallery catalog essay on his work (Lawrimore Project, 2008).
    According to the Frye, “Layman expands his practice of constructing large-scale, psychologically charged, photographic-based visions of the spaces and objects found in his Seattle home. His new artworks explore the desire to fabricate escapes, destinations, and monuments and the role discontent plays in driving the need to create imagined perfection.”
    The Layman exhibit runs through January 22, 2012. Admission to the Frye Art Museum and the gallery talk is free.
    Allan received his MA and PhD from University of Chicago and joined the College of Arts and Sciences faculty in 2006. He teaches courses on modern and contemporary art, specializing in American art of the 1960s. Recent publications include essays for the Getty Museum catalog, Pacific Standard Time: Los Angeles Art, 1945-1980 (Getty Publications, 2011) and articles on Ed Ruscha (Art Bulletin, September 2010) and Wallace Berman (Art Journal, Spring 2011).  He is currently working on a book on artistic practice, social space and spectatorship in 1960s Los Angeles.

    The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 33 undergraduate and 7 advanced degrees. The Fine Arts Department offers degrees in music, theatre, and visual art and an MFA in Arts Leadership.


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