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Faculty panel presentation at Hunter Museum

Local artist collective SEED and the Hunter Museum of Art will present Retrace: A Panel Discussion at the Hunter Museum about "Turbulent," the video installation by Iranian-American artist Shirin Neshat at 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 7.  Panelists include: Dr. Talia Welsh of the Department of Philosophy and Religion at UTC; Patrick Sweetman of the Department of Theatre and Speech at UTC, Jillian Klean-Zwilling of the Department of Theatre and Speech and the Women's Studies Program at UTC; Dr. Palmira Brummett from the Department of History at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; and a surprise guest, to be announced.

This event is open to the public and is included with museum admission. The program is free to Hunter Museum members, members of SEED, and UTC faculty and students. Attendees may make donations to SEED, who hope to continue coordinating contemporary art shows in Chattanooga. There will be a cash bar from 5:30 until 6 p.m., the video will be viewed at 6 p.m., and the discussion will follow.

Rebecca Targ of Seed will moderate the discussion.

For more information, visit , and for questions/inquiries please contact Rebecca Targ, SEED founding member, at For directions to the Hunter Museum, go to

Neshat's video installation, "Turbulent," metaphorically examines the political environment of her native Iran. The work is projected on two screens, one depicting a man passionately singing a love song in a theatre of men, and the other depicting a woman in an empty auditorium whose ululations defiantly challenge the Muslim law against women singing in public. Neshat's choice of music and song allow her audience to explore many complex and emotionally charged issues.

Audience members will view the video installation; panelists will then discuss the video from the perspective of their respective backgrounds.

"Shirin Neshat: Turbulent" opens November 18 at the Hunter Museum and runs through January 14, 2007. Retrace, the panel discussion, will take place at the Hunter Museum.

November 21, 2006

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