A PUBLIC LECTURE & EXHUMATION (video 25mins) Elizabeth Price

30 Nov 2006 – 14 Jan 2007

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Please note the gallery will be closed 23 December 2006 and re-opening Thursday 4 January 2007

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Elizabeth Price's video A PUBLIC LECTURE & EXHUMATION takes as its subject the Bequest of Alexander Chalmers, a moribund public collection of art, established in 1927, obsolete by 1979.

The Public Lecture of the title is delivered in the 'voice' of the former Committee, who were responsible for managing the Chalmers Bequest during its era of activity. This Public Libraries Committee existed between 1893 and 1969, at which point the Metropolitan Council under which it acted was rendered defunct. Redundant since that moment, the former Committee of the film speaks as an Administrative Spectre.

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