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Starts: 05/29/08 10:00 AM
Ends:  07/03/08 05:00 PM

May 29, 2008

MEDIA CONTACT: Nick Massella
(202) 994-3087; massella@gwu.edu
LUTHER W. BRADY ART GALLERY:
(202) 994-1525

GW'S LUTHER W. BRADY ART GALLERY HOSTING HAIL TO THE BUFF AND BLUE: SELECTIONS FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION
THROUGH JULY 3, 2008

EVENT: 

The George Washington University's Luther W. Brady Art Gallery presents Hail to the Buff and Blue: Selections from the Permanent Collection, featuring painting and sculpture by artists including Fernando Botero, Willem de Looper, Donald Fehrenbach, Jo Harrop, and Victor Vasarely.

WHEN: 

Exhibition through July 3, 2008
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

WHERE: 

The George Washington University
Media and Public Affairs Building
Luther W. Brady Art Gallery, 2nd Floor
805 21st St., NW, Washington, D.C.
Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro (Orange and Blue lines)

COST: 

This exhibit is free and open to the public.  Interested members of the media should contact Nick Massella at (202) 994-3087 or massella@gwu.edu. 

BACKGROUND:

In art and life, color has meaning beyond its representational value and has the ability to remind us of our past experiences, move us emotionally, and possibly bring us to a higher, spiritual understanding.  The works in this exhibition are all different shades of buff and blue, GW's official colors, and were chosen to demonstrate the breadth of the university's permanent collection and to show how prevalent buff and blue are in art of all eras, media, and cultures.

Featured in the exhibit is Botero's painting, The Young Bishop.  This formidable addition to the university's holdings of contemporary art is a gift of Dr. and Mrs. Seymour Lifschutz, long-time donors and friends of the university.  Botero, one of the most famous and popular international artists today, currently is featured in an exhibition at the Delaware Art Museum, The Baroque World of Fernando Botero.

"Hail to the Buff and Blue" also is the title of the GW fight song that is played on the carillon chimes over campus every day and sung by the university community at sporting events.  Buff and blue, the colors of George Washington's uniform, were declared the official university colors February 22, 1905. 

The Luther W. Brady Art Gallery is the professional showcase for art at GW.  Luther W. Brady (B.A. '46, M.D. '48), the gallery's namesake and benefactor, is a world-renowned oncologist who earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at GW.  He also received the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts from GW in May 2004 and has served as a member of the university's Board of Trustees.

For more information on Hail to the Buff and Blue, please call GW's University Art Galleries at (202) 994-1525.

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