Douglas Gordon, 24 Hour Psycho, 1993, dimensions variable © Studio lost but found / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017. From Psycho, 1960, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, Universal Studios©Universal.

Douglas Gordon's 24 Hour Psycho at the Festival of the Arts, the Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey.

On view September 29 through October 22, 2017.

Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts and the Department of Music will celebrate the opening of the new Lewis Arts complex with a multi-day Festival of the Arts on October 5 through 8 on the Princeton campus. The Festival, which is open to the public, will feature dozens of concerts, plays, readings, dance performances, art exhibitions, multidisciplinary presentations, community workshops and site-specific events at venues across the campus, most of which will be free.

“We’re having a party for the arts, and we hope to offer something for everyone!” notes Michael Cadden, chair of the Lewis Center.

“We are delighted to offer to the University, the Princeton community, and our many friends and guests a veritable feast of artistic delights,” adds Wendy Heller, chair of the Department of Music. “We celebrate not only the opening of these beautiful spaces and what they promise our students for the future, but the extraordinary accomplishments of all of our students and faculty, past and present, in the performing and creative arts.”

The new arts complex is named for and was made possible in part through a $101 million gift to the University made in 2006 by the late Peter B. Lewis, Princeton Class of 1955 and former University trustee.

Douglas Gordon’s 1993 art installation 24 Hour Psycho inaugurates the new Hurley Gallery in the arts complex. The work consists entirely of an appropriation of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1960 film Psycho slowed down to approximately two frames per second, rather than the usual 24. As a result, a full viewing of the film lasts for exactly 24 hours, rather than the original 109 minutes. The installation was an important work in Gordon’s early career and is noted for introducing themes common to his work, such as recognition and repetition, time and memory, complicity and duplicity, authorship and authenticity, darkness and light. 24 Hour Psycho will be on view September 29 through October 22.


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