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Acclaimed Filmmaker, Artist, and Writer Miranda July to Visit Hendrix College, UCA

Posted: February 5, 2014 - 1:51pm
Miranda July PHOTO BY TODD COLE FOR KROLL PROJECT
Miranda July PHOTO BY TODD COLE FOR KROLL PROJECT

Miranda July, an acclaimed writer, filmmaker and artist, will be a presence at both the University of Central Arkansas and Hendrix next week.

July will present “LOST CHILD!” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11, in Staples Auditorium on the Hendrix College campus and will be followed by a reception and book signing in Mills Lobby. This event is free and open to the public.

July will then be a part of the Artist-in-Residence program on Thursday, Feb. 13.

“Miranda July is one of the most inventive, provocative and unusual literary voices our country has ever produced,” said Dr. John Vanderslice, associate professor of writing and faculty sponsor of the residency at UCA. “She’s a complete original.”

July wrote, directed, and starred in her first feature-length film, “Me and You and Everyone We Know,” which won a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival and four prizes at the Cannes Film Festival, including the Camera d’Or. Her most recent film is “The Future,” which she wrote and directed and stars in. Her videos, performances, and web-based projects have been presented at sites such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum and in two Whitney Biennials.

Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, Harper’s, and The New Yorker; her collection of stories, No One Belongs Here More Than You (Scribner, 2007), won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and has been published in 20 countries. Her latest book is It Chooses You (McSweeney’s, 2011). She is currently working on a novel entitled The First Bad Man, to be published by Scribner in early 2015.

In 2000 July created the seminal participatory website, Learning to Love You More, with artist Harrell Fletcher, and a companion book was published in 2007 (Prestel); the work is now in the collection of The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She designed Eleven Heavy Things, an interactive sculpture garden, for the 2009 Venice Biennale; it was also presented in Union Square in New York (2010) and by MOCA in Los Angeles (2011). Her email-based artwork, We Think Alone (commissioned by Magasin 3, Stockholm), launched in July 2013 with nearly 100,000 subscribers and continues through November 2013. Raised in Berkeley, California, she currently lives in Los Angeles.

July has been called intuitive by American author Rick Moody. “There are no schools of writing working themselves out in her. No history of literature. She just does what she does, and as a result she’s a complete original,” he said.

This Hendrix event is sponsored by the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language, which are designed to enhance and enrich the study and teaching of literature and language at Hendrix College. For more information about this and future events, contact Henryetta Vanaman, 450-4597 or vanaman@hendrix.edu.

The Artist in Residence program is funded by UCA’s arts fee and is administered by the College of Fine Arts and Communication. For more information, call the Office of the Dean, College of Fine Arts and Communication, at 501-450-3293 or email jdmiller@uca.edu.

For more information, contact Vanderslice at 501-450-3653 or johnv@uca.edu.

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