“Robot Love” was inspired in part by the cover of “Megatron Man,” Patrick Cowley’s archetypal 1980s disco album. Artist Hilary Harp’s 2008 video is playful and opulent, presenting a night at the disco as a mind-expanding trip to an alternate universe. “Robot Love” can be viewed now through Oct. 9 in Gallery 210 at the University of Missouri–St. Louis.
Harp creates sculptures, installations and media projects that are, like “Robot Love,” playful and multifaceted reconsiderations of pop culture and high art icons. She has received numerous awards including a Pew Fellowship in the Arts and a Heinz Creative Heights grant, and her work has been exhibited throughout the country. The Durham, N.C., native grew up in Philadelphia and has lived and worked in New York, Pittsburgh and now Phoenix. She is an assistant professor of sculpture at Arizona State University in Tempe.
All exhibits at Gallery 210 are free and open to the public. The gallery is in the Telecommunity Center at UMSL, One University Blvd. in St. Louis County (63121). Regular hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.