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Gonzaga Professor Osborne to Discuss ‘Overcoming Habituation’ in Feb. 6 Lecture at Jundt Art Museum

Posted on January 31, 2013 in: Academics, Alumni, Arts, Events, Faculty & Staff, Lectures

Gonzaga University communication Professor Tony Osborne. Photo by Rajah Bose.

Part of Gonzaga’s 125th Anniversary Celebration

SPOKANE, Wash. – Tony Osborne, professor of communication arts at Gonzaga University, will discuss, “Overcoming Habituation: Art and Psychology,” at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 6 in the Jundt Auditorium of the Jundt Art Museum. The public lecture will be followed by a public reception; both events are free (seating is limited).

The events are part of Gonzaga University’s 125th Anniversary, which the Jundt Art Museum is celebrating with the exhibit “Tradition and Transformation: Works from the Permanent Collection.”

“Why is it that we may look but sometimes may not see? Because we become habituated to the familiar,” Osborne said. “Art fights habituation by revitalizing the senses. Visual knowledge is a primary way of grasping the world, a mode of understanding different from conceptual thinking.”

To illuminate this perspective, Professor Osborne will show slides of pieces from antiquity to the present – including works from Gonzaga’s own Permanent Collection – that affirm the humanistic ideal of polyphony or dialogue.

For more information, please contact Professor Osborne at (509) 313-6659 or via email.

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