2017 IFA–ISLAA Symposium: Beyond the Symbolic: Art and Social Engagement in the Americas

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April 14–15, 2016

This event is part of the Latin American Forum and is generously sponsored by the Institute for Studies on Latin American Art.

In the aftermath of the 2016 US Presidential Election, Tania Bruguera issued the following call to artists: “The time for the symbolic has ended. Art is now a tool—not to make the system work better, but to change the system.” This symposium interrogates the relevance of merging art and politics in the Americas, especially in works that explicitly seek to resist political oppression, economic imperialism, and legacies of colonialism through public discourse. We aim to address not only contemporary works that marshal “relational aesthetics” at a moment of profound geopolitical crisis, but any intervention that has sought to target the body politic and yield political or social transformation. Less interested in quantifying the efficacy of such works, this symposium hopes to examine larger questions regarding the potential ability of artistic practice to produce concrete results—that is, the compatibility of art and activism. What constitutes success or failure? When, if at all, must art bear the burden of achieving sociopolitical change? For whom is this art produced, and to whom is it responsible? Might failure be a desired outcome?

Organized by IFA PhD candidates in Latin American art: Brian Bentley, Madeline Murphy Turner, Sean Nesselrode Moncada, Blanca Serrano Ortiz,and Juanita Solano Roa; in conjunction with Edward J. Sullivan.


AGENDA

Friday, April 14, 2017

6:00 pm Welcome and Opening Remarks

Edward Sullivan (Helen Gould Sheppard Professor in the History of Art, Institute of Fine Arts)

6:15 pm Keynote Lecture

Andrea Giunta (Tinker Visiting Professor, Columbia University, and Professor of Latin American Art, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires) People, Mass, Multitude

Introduced by Sean Nesselrode Moncada (PhD candidate, Institute of Fine Arts)

7:45 pm Reception

 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

 9:00 am Panel 1: Alternative Structures

Moderated by Brian Bentley (PhD candidate, Institute of Fine Arts)

Pablo Santa Olalla (PhD candidate, Historia del Arte, Universitat de Barcelona) Not Only Mart Art: From “Inobjetual” Experiences to Performance. Clemente Padín, Performativity and Activism, 1971–1977

Amanda Suhey (PhD, Art, Art History and Visual Studies, Duke University) Gold Standards/Legacies of Failure

Jessica M. Law (PhD candidate, Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory, University of British Columbia) All A are B, or No A is B, but what about C? Notes on Amalia Pica’s Diagrams

10:30 am Coffee and Tea

10:45 am Panel 2: Art/Action

Moderated by Blanca Serrano Ortiz (PhD candidate, Institute of Fine Arts)

Mya Dosch (PhD Candidate, Art History, The Graduate Center, City University of New York) Mobilizing the Aesthetics of Bureaucracy: Grupo Suma’s October 2, 1978 Interventions

Paulina Varas (Researcher and professor, Campus Creativo, Universidad Andrés Bello and Coordinator, CRAC Valparaíso, Chile) Desobedecer la Escena de Avanzada: Una lectura contextual de CADA en el Chile de los años ochenta

María del Carmen Montoya (Assistant Professor of Sculpture and Spatial Practices, Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, George Washington University) Ghana Think Tank: Creative Problem Finding on the US-Mexico Border

12:15 pm Lunch Break

1:30 pm Panel 3: Distributed Objects

Moderated by Madeline Murphy Turner (PhD candidate, Institute of Fine Arts)

Philomena López (PhD candidate, Art History, Theory and Criticism, University of California San Diego) Señor Suerte

Lorna Dillon (Associate Lecturer, Modern Languages, University of Kent) Textile Art, Collective Memory and Transitional Justice

Manuela Ochoa (Curator, Museo Nacional de la Memoria, Bogotá) When Memory Surrounded Justice

3:00 pm Coffee and Tea

3:15 pm Keynote Lecture

Coco Fusco (Andrew Banks Endowed Chair, College of the Arts, University of Florida) The Art of Intervention: Performance and the Cuban Public Sphere

Introduced by Juanita Solano Roa (PhD candidate, Institute of Fine Arts)

4:45 pm Closing Remarks Edward Sullivan (Helen Gould Sheppard Professor in the History of Art, Institute of Fine Arts)

Panel discussion: “The Uncanny Work of Leandro Erlich”

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March 29, 6:30pm

Andrea Giunta, author of exhibition catalogue essay “A Gap in the Limits of the Possible” and Professor of Latin American Art, Universidad de Buenos Aires will discuss the work of Argentinian artist Leandro Erlich, 2017 Roy R. Neuberger Exhibition Prize awardee with curators Helaine Posner and Patrice Giasson. Panelists will examine Erlich’s large-scale installation, Port of Reflections, his historical relevance, and themes of the uncanny and trompe l’oeil. The artist will join the final thirty minutes of the conversation via Skype for a Q&A with the audience.

Neuberger Museum of Art
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Purchase, New York 10577

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