For release: May 28, 2008
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey
Paul Speer will take his audience on a musical and visual journey through Italy beginning
at noon on Wednesday, June 11, at the University of Memphis. “Oculus: Impressions
of Italy” will be presented in the Ned R. McWherter Library, Room 226. The event is
free and open to the public.
Speer is a Grammy-nominated musician and video artist. He will screen several pieces
from his most recent CD/DVD, Oculus, and discuss its creation. Oculus was inspired
by Speer’s travels in Italy. Among the featured locations are Rome, Florence, the
Italian Riviera, Tuscany, and Sicily. Shot in cinéma vérité style, Oculus pays homage
to the beauty and history of Italy.
Speer is one of the architects of the multi-platinum-selling video albums Natural
States and Desert Vision. He has had a long and diverse career as both an artist and
The event is sponsored by the University Libraries and Friends of the University Libraries.
For more information, call 901-678-4310 or 901-678-2209.