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Benedict College Art Gallery Presents
"Seeing With The Heart's Eye" By Dr. Yusef Lateef

January 8, 2008

Columbia, SC--January 8, 2008-- An exhibition by Dr. Yusef Lateef will be on view through January 16, 2008 at Benedict College's Ponder Fine Arts Gallery.  A closing reception for Dr. Lateef's exhibition "See with the Heart's Eyes," will be held from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 16, 2008 in the Ponder Fine Arts Gallery. Following the reception, Dr. Lateef will perform a mini-concert with local musicians and students at the David H. Swinton Center from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The public is cordially invited to attend the exhibition and the musical performance free of charge.

 Dr. Lateef, best known for his mastery of the saxophone, flute and the oboe, shanai, shofar, argol sarewa, and the Taiwan koto, will be exhibiting his drawings and watercolor paintings from his private collection. Dr. Lateef is a Grammy award-winning composer, performer, recording artist, author, educator and philosopher. He is universally recognized as one of the great living masters and innovators in the African American tradition of authophysiopsychic music or that which comes from one's spiritual, physical and emotional self. Like many of his contemporaries, Dr. Lateef continues to be a staunch opponent of the use of the word "jazz" in defining his music. He describes his musical genre as "auto-physio-psychic" music. "If an artist paints a picture," related Dr. Lateef in Down Beat, "he has a right to say what it is. No critics or councils for the arts have a right to define it for him."

As a visual artist, Dr. Lateef's drawings are the visual companions for the creative spirituality found in his music. His art is a reflection of his individual spirituality and personal identity.

"In regards to my art, I have a lingering desire to detect that gleam of light which, from time to time, flashes across my mind from within. In other words, I see each of my pictures as an event taking place in time.

And while observing some of the beauty that is in the universe, I strive not to imitate but to inspired to reflect the beauty that providence has allowed my heart's eye to see. So it is in the work of each human being, their thoughts are projected and recognized as elements of Providence's Ornamentation of the Universe."

For additional information, please contact Mr. Tyrone Geter or Vonda K. Wright at (803) 705-4768.

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