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with Jason Lazarus


Join us for a lecture with artist Jason Lazarus ahead of the upcoming solar eclipse on April 8th—the last total solar eclipse in the lower 48 states until 2044. HOW TO WATCH A SOLAR ECLIPSE will touch on themes of vision and visibility, poetry and poetics, art, history, science, intergenerational intimacy, and access, and will particularly speak to artists, students, interdisciplinary thinkers, and dreamers. Everyone is invited!

The lecture will conclude with an invitation to participate in a public art project that endeavors to become the world’s largest archive of used handmade solar eclipse viewers—each one named by the name, age, and location of the participant. The collection, to be titled April 8, 2024, is designed to become a safety net for those who might otherwise toss their viewers in the trash. All participants who donate a used solar eclipse viewer will receive a free signed artist thank-you print celebrating the eclipse!

Jason's research on solar eclipses started by accident, on the campus of the University of South Florida, August 21, 2017 and led to an archive installation at the Orlando Museum of Art in 2018. In anticipation of the April 8, 2024 solar eclipse, he's seeking a more deeply radiant form of research and exchange with the public.

Jason Lazarus is an artist exploring vision and visibility. His work includes a range of fluid methodologies: original, found and appropriated images, text-as-image, photo-derived sculptures made collaboratively with the public, live archives, LED light images, and public submission repositories among others. This expanded photographic practice seeks new approaches of inquiry, embodiment, and bearing witness through both individual and collective research.

Lazarus is also Co-director of Coco Hunday, an artist-run exhibition space in Tampa, FL anchored by solo exhibitions, artist-lectures, and new scholarship on emerging and mid-career artists; Director, PDF-OBJECTS, a nomadic sculpture library featuring over 100 international artists’ chosen readings sculpturally paired with everyday objects; Co-founder of #firstdayfirstimage, a national campaign that asks artist-educators to center voices long underrepresented in curricula starting with the first image shown to students on the first day of class; and Co-founder of Chicago Artist Writers, a platform that invites artists and art workers to write traditional and experimental criticism. Currently, Lazarus is an Associate Professor of Art and Art History at the University of South Florida.

Date: April 3rd, 2024
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM CT
Cost: FREE
Location: Online via Zoom

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