Book of Lies

MothersliesVisual Arts
Monday, April 7 – Saturday, May 31
Book of Lies
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Eugenia P. Butler was a Los Angeles-based artist who played a formative but often overlooked role in conceptual art, where she regularly challenged people to explore how they perceive their “reality.” Butler’s Book of Lies project began in 1991 and examined how other artists use “the lie to explore our relationship with the truth.” Known for her collaborations and interactions with other artists, Butler held three artist dinners where she asked her guests to consider the questions, “What is the lie with which I am most complicit?” and “What is the truth that most feeds my life?”

Conceived of as a global conversation about truth and lies held through the medium of works of art and poetry, Butler invited artists to use the lie to explore our relationship with the truth. Book of Lies examines the lie as a human strategy using examples drawn from life situations including childhood, love, and war. Seventy-eight artists responded to these questions in unique and provocative ways, resulting in a body of work curated by Butler and Corazon del Sol titled Book of Lies.

The Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Thursday until 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 12 – 5 p.m.  Admission is free. For more information call 410-455-2270.

On Wednesday, April 16 at 6:00 p.m., artist and curator Corazon del Sol will present a public lecture on the exhibition, “Truth, Lies & the Construction of Reality: A Conversation About Book of Lies.” More details on this event are here.

Book of Lies is curated by Corazon del Sol and circulated by Curatorial Assistance Traveling Exhibitions, Pasadena, California.

Image: Georganne Deen, Mother’s Lies, 1994.

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