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Payne Galley to Exhibit Christy Rupp’s Guatemalan Textiles

Bethlehem, Pa., October 20, 2009—The Payne Gallery at Moravian College will exhibit artwork by Christy Rupp from “The Lowgo Project: Guatemalan Textiles.”  In this series, Rupp takes on a corporate identity and brand that “asserts its claim to the visual traditions of indigenous peoples” as a commentary on corporate competition. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, October 22 from 6:30 to 8 pm.  The public is welcome to attend.  The exhibit will run from October 22 to November 29, 2009.

Rupp is a social and political art activist.  She declares, “Due to racism, greed, and war, the concept of individuality has passed its era of relevance.  I declare myself obsolete as an individual and am now to be regarded as the brand Lowgo [a play on ‘logo’]. The featured product of the corporation is the making of messes.  Our logos may be found primarily in the indigenous textiles of Guatemala where we seek to patent their tradition as our own intellectual property, paying homage to it while simultaneously defending ourselves against would-be competitors in court.” Visit Rupp’s website to view her work:  http://www.christyrupp.com/index.html.

Rupp received her B.A. degree from Colgate University, her M.A.T. from the Rhode Island School of Design and her M.F.A. from the Rinehart School of Sculpture, Maryland Institute College of Art.  She has been featured in both solo and group exhibitions over the past thirty years, many having to do with sustainability and environmental factors; most recently, her solo exhibit on “Extinct Birds Previously Consumed by Humans” could be seen at the Frederieke Taylor Gallery in New York.

Payne Gallery is located on the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus of Moravian College, in Historic Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The Gallery is open noon - 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. The gallery is closed Mondays, major holidays and during school breaks. Admission and parking are free, and the Gallery is wheelchair accessible. For more information, contact David Leidich, Assistant Director of Payne Gallery at 610-653-5555, dleidich@moravian.edu or visit http://home.moravian.edu/public/art/gallery/.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America’s sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.