Arcadia University Art Gallery Presents “Voices of Time”

A lecture in conjunction with Tacita Dean’s New Film Project, JG (on view through April 21) 

Glenside, Pa. (March 27, 2013) – On Wednesday, April 3, Arcadia University Art Gallery presents “The Voices of Time: Ballard’s Early Fiction and the Vision Present,” a lecture by Dr. Richard Wertime, Professor of English at Arcadia. The presentation is the third in a series of four on JG, the new film project by internationally acclaimed British born, Berlin-based artist Tacita Dean. Free and open to the public, Wertime’s lecture is at 7 p.m. in the Commons Great Room on Arcadia’s main campus (450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, Pa.), with a reception scheduled for 6 p.m.

Wertime’s presentation offers a close reading of the English author James Graham (J.G.) Ballard’s 1960 science fiction story, “The Voices of Time.” The story serves as part of the hidden narrative of JG, which is a sequel in technique to Dean’s 2011 project, FILM, and is inspired by her correspondence with Ballard regarding connections between the short story and Robert Smithson’s iconic earthwork and film Spiral Jetty.  Wertime also will articulate Ballard’s contributions to the genre of science fiction, and address the author’s dystopian visions of the near future.

A faculty member at Arcadia for nearly three decades, Wertime specializes in English literature of the Renaissance, the Restoration and the Eighteenth Century, with an emphasis on Renaissance drama. More recently, he’s focused on contemporary American fiction. He’s published in several journals, including The Yale Review, the Hudson Review, and the Georgia Review on a variety of topics, including archaeology, literary criticism, and critical thinking and cognitive psychology. The Michener Center for Writers awarded the James A. Michener Memorial Prize for best first book by an author over the age of 40 for Wertime’s 2000 memoir,Citadel on the Mountain. Wertime earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Haverford College, and master’s and doctoral degrees in English from the University of Pennsylvania.

The lecture series concludes on Wednesday, April 10, with V. Vale’s presentation “Mythographer of the 21st Century: J.G. Ballard and Ballardian Aesthetics,” which depicts the psychology, society and aesthetics of the future. A San Francisco based publisher-editor of RE/Search Publications, Vale’s 1984 monograph on Ballard remains the most comprehensive resource about the author. During his discussion, Vale will address how he came to interview Ballard, as well as his relationship with the prolific author as a publisher, editor and friend.

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

JG is 26.5 minutes in length and will be shown before and after each lecture in the Spruance Art Gallery. Screenings also are scheduled for:

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 10 and 11 a.m., noon, and 1, 2, 3, 4 p.m.
  • Thursday: 10 and 11 a.m., noon, and 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: noon, and 1, 2, 3 p.m.

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 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 and dynamic world. Visit



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