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Artist talk April 13 will be followed by a book signing

An exhibit of the art of Dan Mills entitled US Future States Atlas: An Atlas of Global Imperialism is now on display in the Williams Center Gallery through Saturday, May 22.

Mills will give a lecture about his work at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 13 followed by a signing of his book US Future States Atlas. Free and open to the public, the events will be in room 108 of the Williams Center for the Arts.

The Williams Center Gallery is located in the Williams Center for the Arts on the corner of Hamilton and High streets in Easton. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday noon-5 p.m., and 7:30-9 p.m. on the evenings of public performances in the Williams Center. For more information, contact Michiko Okaya, director of Lafayette art galleries, at (610) 330-5361.

Mills’ US Future States Atlas began as a visual-and-text response to United States foreign policy in early 2003. Starting with actual map pages, Mills uses collage and mixed-media along with added text outlining the economic rationale for a U.S. “takeover” of certain countries. His work questions both foreign policy and the idea that maps are accurate and objective.

The atlas is a satirical and provocative contemplation of global imperialism. A review by the Los Angeles Times describes Mills’ work as “Wonderfully ludicrous in its entirety, the project is frightfully credible in its details.”

Mills is director of the Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa. Mills has been the curator of a number of exhibitions that have traveled throughout the U.S. and abroad. He served as guest curator for the 2008 exhibition at the Williams Center Gallery, LOOK AT ME! The Performative Aspects in Chinese Photography. Recent solo exhibitions of Mills’ work have been displayed at the Tianjin Academy of Fine Art Museum in China, Sherry Frumkin Gallery in Santa Monica, Calif., and Zolla/Lieberman Gallery in Chicago.

The Lafayette College art galleries are funded in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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