Arcadia University Art Gallery Presents a Lecture about the Evolution of JG, Tacita Dean’s New Film Project at Arcadia University, March 6

JG remains on view through April 21 in the Gallery

Glenside, PA—February 26, 2013—Arcadia University Art Gallery is pleased to present  “‘Et in Utah ego’: the evolution of JG,” a lecture by Gallery Director Richard Torchia on Wednesday, March 6, at 7 p.m. in the Commons Great Room. The lecture will be preceded by a public reception at 6 p.m. This is the first of four lectures presented by faculty and guest lecturers aboutJG, a film project by international acclaimed British born, Berlin-based artist Tacita Dean. Arcadia University is located at 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, Pa.

Torchia’s lecture will explore the process of bringing Dean’s project to Arcadia. A friend of the artist since 1996, he has assisted in the production of several of her films.  His lecture will provide background on the location research and address the underpinnings of JG as they relate to Robert Smithson’s earthwork and film Spiral Jetty, both of which are key references for the project.  The title of Torchia’s lecture is based on a remark made by Smithson about the anti-pastoral beauty of the site the artist selected for his now iconic project. Surveying the construction of the jetty from a helicopter in 1970, Smithson is reported to have exclaimed “Et in Utah ego” as a play on “Et in Arcadia ego” (“I, too, dwell in Arcadia”), a Latin phrase used by Nicolas Poussin to title his bucolic landscape painting at the Louvre.

For more information visit This series is subsidized by Arcadia University. The exhibition is commissioned by Arcadia University Art Gallery and funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

JG is 26-1/2 minutes in length and will be shown before and after each lecture in the Gallery.

About Arcadia University Art Gallery: A nationally recognized venue for contemporary art in the greater Philadelphia area, Arcadia University Art Gallery is a 1,100-square-foot facility (housed in a 1893 power station) that has for over 30 years provided the region with a stimulating roster of individual and thematic exhibitions shaped by its mission to encourage dialogue among artists, educators, students and the general public about current visual art and its socio-cultural relevance.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Weekends: Noon to 4 p.m. and by appointment.

About Arcadia University: Arcadia University is a top-ranked private university in metropolitan Philadelphia and a national leader in study abroad and international education. The 2012 Open Doors report names Arcadia University #1 in the nation in undergraduate students studying abroad. U.S. News & World Report ranks Arcadia University among the top regional universities in the North and as one of the top study abroad programs. U.S. News also ranks Arcadia’s Physical Therapy program fourteenth in the nation. Arcadia University promises a distinctively global, integrative and personal learning experience that prepares students to contribute and lead in a diverse and dynamic world. (

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