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Contemporary artist Trevor Paglen to speak at Boise State

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In accordance with the Art Department Visiting Artist and Scholar Program at Boise State (VASP), globally acclaimed contemporary artist Trevor Paglen with take place in a Free Public Lecture series at Boise State on Feb. 6.

VASP is focused on bringing in acclaimed artists in order to provide an opportunity for them to present their work and to interact with community there are presenting for.

Paglen’s work is centered around the works of the clandestine activities of the US government- such as the intelligence and national security. Chad Erpelding, associate and graduate program director, spoke about Paglen’s work in depth.

“Paglen’s work takes on many forms, including photography, graphics, objects, and even non-fiction literature.  He has investigated the patches of secret military groups, the code names of classified military programs, the presence of classified satellites, black sites, and so on,” Erpelding said.

In his first trip to Boise State, the program hopes to present Paglen’s unique work and perspective to the Boise State and local community by having him share his perspective.

“Bringing in an artist like Trevor Paglen offers the students and community the opportunity to gain insight into the workings of a socially engaged, internationally acclaimed artist, expanding their awareness of what art can be and do,” Erpelding said.

Keeping these things in mind, Paglen also made a recent appearance on the Colbert Show. With both a depth of knowledge as well as international popularity for his work, students will have the chance to hear Paglen in the flesh and pick his mind after the event.


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