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“100 Novels Project” and “Retyping Willa Cather: a presentation by Tim Youd

Date: Time: 5:30 pm–6:30 pm
Richards Hall Room: 15
Additional Info: RH
Contact: Aaron Holz, (402) 472-5522, aholz3@unl.edu
Tim Youd’s visit to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will include programming in collaboration with the Art Department, the English Department, and the University Libraries. A formal presentation is planned for April 5, at 5:30 p.m. in Richards Hall Room 15.

Tim Youd, represented by Cristin Tierney Gallery, will retype three novels by American author Willa Cather in Nebraska: O Pioneers!, The Song of the Lark and My Ántonia, some of the foremost literary landmarks of the American Great Plains. These will be the 72nd, 73rd and 74th performances from the artist’s 100 Novels Project. Youd’s performances are in partnership with the Joslyn Art Museum, National Willa Cather Center and Willa Cather Archive at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Youd’s first performance, is scheduled from April 1-8 on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln campus, where he will type O Pioneers! at the site of a famous photo of Cather taken during her time as a student at the University of Nebraska in 1893. He will be outside Architecture Hall, each day from about 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. with a half-hour lunch break at 1 p.m. In case of inclement weather, Youd will move his table and typewriter to the Adele Hall Learning Commons. His performance is hosted by the Willa Cather Archive.

Tim Youd (b. 1967, Worcester, MA) is a performance and visual artist working in painting, sculpture, and video. To date, he has retyped 71 novels at various locations in the United States and Europe. Residencies at historic writer’s homes have included William Faulkner’s Rowan Oak with the University of Mississippi Art Museum (Oxford, MS), Flannery O’Connor’s Andalusia with SCAD (Milledgeville and Savannah, GA), and Virginia Woolf’s Monk’s House (Rodmell, Sussex). His work has been the subject of numerous museum exhibitions at CAMSTL, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, Hanes Art Gallery at Wake Forest University, The New Orleans Museum of Art, Monterey Museum of Art, Hemingway-Pfeffer Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, University of Mississippi Art Museum at Rowan Oak and the Lancaster Museum of Art and History. He has presented and performed his 100 Novels project at the Ackland Art Museum, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Art Omi, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) and LAXART, and retyped Joe Orton’s Collected Plays at The Queen’s Theatre with MOCA London. His studio is based in Los Angeles.

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