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UNEXPECTED: Contemporary Artists at the APS Museum includes three Philadelphia artists: Winifred Lutz, Brett Keyser, and Roderick Coover. Each one has created works inspired by objects and themes in the APS Museum's current exhibition, UNDAUNTED: Five American Explorers, 1760-2007. Come experience their provocative site-specific art works, interactive performances, and virtual explorations in and around the APS Museum.

Winifred Lutz

Since 1975, artist Winifred Lutz has created major site-integrated sculptural installations and permanent public works in the United States and Europe. She has completed major site-integrated installations for many institutions including the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Bridge, Institute of Contemporary Art of the University of Pennsylvania, and the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati.

Her permanent public projects include the Garden for The Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, the Memorial to the Pennsylvania Recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor in Harrisburg (with artist Stacy Levy), and Zones of Change, a 425-foot-long sculptural landscape for the Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, GA.

Lutz is also recognized for her work in handmade paper. She is a primary innovator in the field of hand papermaking as an art form, and has lectured nationally and internationally on her unique casting methods.

Lutz has been the recipient of numerous awards. She is represented in museum and private collections nationally. Currently, she lives and works in Pennsylvania and is Laura H. Carnell Professor of Sculpture at Tyler School of Art of Temple University. She is represented by Gallery Joe in Philadelphia and Zabriskie Gallery in New York City.

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Brett Keyser

Brett Keyser is a Philadelphia-based performance artist whose current work reflects his interest in the history and philosophy of science, with particular focus on human interaction with the environment. Recent solo works include Turkish Delightenment (2006-07), and Horridus! Horridus!: Name-calling in the Wilderness (2003-04), both commissioned by the Museum of the American Philosophical Society. From 1997 to 2002 he toured nationally and internationally with the performance group Wishhounds/Theatre Labyrinth. Brett's training as a performer derives from study at Odin Teatret in Denmark, and Primus Theatre in Canada. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, with a BA in Folklore.

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Roderick Coover

Roderick Coover is a documentary filmmaker and multimedia artist. His work explores the philosophy and production of time-based media arts, such as film and video, and their changing roles in electronic media. His works include videos, CD-ROMs, DVDs, and essays in print including work on non-fiction media, visual anthropology, performance theory, and narrative theory and research studies in African performance, French cultural history, ancient narrative, and the literary history of the American West. Recent project include Cultures in Webs (Eastgate Systems), The Language of Wine, and Something That Happened Only Once.

Coover's works have been exhibited internationally at locations such as Siggraph, Philadelphia International Film Festival, and Documenta Madrid. Professor Coover has received awards from USIS-Fulbight, a LEF Foundation, the Chicago Group on Modern France, and the Mellon Foundation, among others. He lives in Philadelphia and teaches in the Film and Media Arts Department at Temple University.

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