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Hartnett exhibit examines Niagara Falls

Using recycled plastic raincoats from the world-famous Maid of the Mist boat tour, local artist Marc Léger has created a site-specific installation to examine the social and tourist mediation of Niagara Falls.

His exhibition, "Ladies and Gentlemen, The Niagara Falls: . . .," can be seen at the Hartnett Gallery in Wilson Commons from Monday, August 14, through Friday, August 18, and Monday, August 21, through Sunday, August 27. Gallery hours during the exhibit are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Léger has taken advantage of the wedge-shaped gallery space, designed by renowned architect I.M. Pei, to work the perspective paradigm to examine the orderings of social space and the pleasures of looking. The "Ladies and Gentlemen" of the title is derived from the soundtrack that is played aboard the Maid of the Mist.

An artist and writer, Léger has shown his work in Montreal, Ottawa, Rochester, and Birmingham, Great Britain. His previous work has explored the relations of tourist consumption and urbanism to the creation of official representations of the past. He is currently undertaking research in the Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University. His written work has focused on contemporary public art.

For more information on the exhibit call the Hartnett Gallery, x5-4188.

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