Art Campaign on Eating Disorders Returns to Campus

Art Campaign on Eating Disorders Returns to Campus

An innovative education and awareness campaign on eating disorders first hosted by Boston College two years ago will return to campus next month, this time as an accompaniment to a McMullen Museum exhibition spotlighting the artists who created the campaign.

The exhibition, "Eating Disorders in a Disordered Culture," will run from Jan. 28 to April 28 concurrently with the museum's display of works by French Surrealist Andre Masson [see related story]. It will feature the works of Kathryn Sylva, an assistant professor of design at the University of California at Davis, and Robin Lasser, an associate professor who coordinates the photography program at San Jose State University.

Sylva and Lasser use print and audio narratives along with powerful visual imagery and sculpture to explore the personal, cultural and historical dimensions of eating disorders. BC hosted the "Eating Disorders in a Disordered Culture" campaign in February of 2000, during which the artists' works were displayed on campus and several public events exploring issues related to eating disorders were held.

The artists will kick off the campaign's 2002 edition on Feb. 4, at a reception to be held from 4-7 p.m. in the McMullen Museum that will formally mark the exhibition's opening.

Other events held as part of the campaign will include a Feb. 12 lecture by Jean Kilbourne, who has studied the role of advertising in the obsession with thinness, and a Feb. 27 talk by Catherine Steiner-Adair, who will discuss her benchmarking work in prevention of eating disorders through school-based programs.

More information is available at the World Wide Web site /eating.

-Sean Smith


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