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Artist Paul Pfeiffer Lecture: "Firsts" Lecture Series, PSU Department of Architecture
Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 7:00pm to Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 9:00pm
Artist Paul Pfeiffer Lecture: "Firsts" Lecture Series, PSU Department of Architecture

New York-based multimedia artist Paul Pfeiffer will deliver the final presentation in the inaugural lecture series, titled “Firsts,” given by the Department of Architecture, Portland State University. Paul Pfeiffer will speak on Thursday, May 17, at 7pm, at Shattuck Hall Annex (at SW Broadway and Hall Streets) on the Portland State University campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Paul Pfeiffer is a New York–based artist whose groundbreaking work in video, sculpture and photography uses recent computer technologies to examine the role that the mass media plays in shaping consciousness. Pfeiffer prompts audiences to reconsider attitudes about the body, race, identity, faith and architectural space in contemporary society. His work has been exhibited internationally at renowned museums and galleries and is in private and public collections worldwide. He is the recipient of numerous awards and, notably, he is the inaugural recipient of the Bucksbaum Award, given by the Whitney Museum of American Art (2000).

The “Firsts” series spans the 2011-2012 academic year, with presentations by six notable academics, artists and professionals in architectural and design practice worldwide: Petra Kempf, John Ochsendorf, Gilles Saucier, Jeremy Till, Sarah Wigglesworth and Paul Pfeiffer. The concepts of origins and beginnings, long a subject of interest among architects, will be explored throughout the series of lectures. As the Greek word Arche (meaning “first cause”) is at the root of the word architecture, the guest lecturers will discuss their own “first causes”—the spark that led them to follow their career path—as part of their presentations.  

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