Arcadia Professor Presents Free Lecture on Tacita Dean and the Soul of Film, March 20

Dean’s new film, JG, remains on view through April 21 at Arcadia University Art Gallery

GLENSIDE, Pa. (March 13, 2013) – Dr. Shekhar Deshpande, professor and chair of media andcommunication at Arcadia University, presents “Tacita Dean, Celluloid, and the Soul of the Film: Analogand Its Other” on Wednesday, March 20. The free lecture is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Commons Great Room on the Arcadia campus (450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, Pa.), with a reception at 6 p.m.

Exploring examples of Dean’s projects, such as her 2011 work, FILM, and her new film, JG, Dr.Deshpande will discuss how digital film is threatening the existence of celluloid. He also will address how digital filmmaking jeopardizes film’s essence, honesty to reality and soul.

Dr. Deshpande’s lecture continues the University’s celebration of Dean, the internationally acclaimed British born, Berlin-based artist. JG, which is 26 ½ minutes long, will be screened before and after Dr. Deshpande’s lecture.

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

Media Contact: Daniel DiPrinzio, Arcadia University, 215.572.2191, 

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 1983 power station) that has for more than 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 andits 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.; Saturday – Sunday: 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 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 14th in the nation. Arcadia University promises a distinctively global, integrative and personal learning experience that prepares students to contribute and lead in a diverse anddynamic world. For more information, visit


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