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Painting Borges: Art Interpreting Literature

March 7 - May 18, 2014

Curator Jorge J. E. Gracia selects twenty-four artistic representations of twelve of Jorge Luis Borges’ most famous stories about identity and memory, freedom and destiny, and faith and divinity. This philosophical exploration of how artists have interpreted literature makes new inroads into the understanding of Borges’ work, and introduces viewers to vibrant paintings and works on paper by sixteen contemporary Argentinean and Cuban artists.

Adjacent to the exhibition is a reading room allowing visitors to explore books and other materials related to Borges’ literature and philosophy. This installation is made possible by a partnership with K-State Libraries.

Painting Borges: Art Interpreting Literature is organized by the University at Buffalo and UB Galleries, Buffalo, New York. The exhibition was curated by Jorge J. E. Gracia, Samuel P. Capen Chair and SUNY Distinguished Professor, University at Buffalo, Amherst.

Related Programs

All programs take place at the Beach Museum of Art unless otherwise noted.

Painting Borges: Art Interpreting Literature Opening Reception
March 7, 2014, 5-7 p.m.

Film: Nostalgia for the Light 
March 27, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
Nostalgia for the Light follows the stories of families searching for their loved ones, archaeologists, and astronomers who converge in Chile’s Atacama Desert. Directed by Patricio Guzmán, courtesy Icarus Films. Presented in Spanish with English subtitles. Discussion led by Dr. Marta Alfonso-Durruty, Assistant Professor in K-State's Department of Sociology, Anthropology, & Social Work follows the screening. 

Roundtable: Philosophy and Borges
April 7, 2014, 4-6 p.m.
Speakers will include Jorge Gracia, philosopher and exhibition curator; Diana Perez, philosopher; and James Hamilton, professor of philosophy, and Marcelo Sabates, associate provost for international programs, both at Kansas State University.

Philosophy and Borges 
April 8, 2014, 4 p.m.
A Talk by Jorge Gracia, Samuel P. Capen Chair and SUNY Distinguished Professor, University at Buffalo, Amherst. 

Slow Art Day
April 12, 2014, 10 a.m -1 p.m.
Look at art slowly in the "Painting Borges: Art Interpreting Literature" exhibition. Bring your lunch and join others at noon for discussion; coffee and dessert provided. Information and registration is available at http://www.slowartday.com/participate/.