Speakers
  • E. Carmen Ramos
  • Yasmin Ramirez

This Must Be the Place: Latin American Artists in New York, 1965–1975
March 24–25, 2022

ISLAA is delighted to co-organize a two-day conference held in connection with the exhibition This Must Be the Place: Latin American Artists in New York, 1965–1975, currently on view at Americas Society.

The event convenes an international group of scholars, artists, and curators to delve more deeply into some of the artistic practices and issues the exhibition raises.

This conference will be held entirely online and streamed live via Zoom. All presentations, including keynote talks, will be presented live in English.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 24

3:00 PM – 4:15 PM
PANEL 1: EMBODIMENT, QUEERNESS, AND EROTICISM

Discussant: Vivian Crockett, Curator of Contemporary Art, New Museum of Contemporary Art

  • “Lunar Poetics in Zilia Sánchez’s Cuban New York,” Alyson Cluck, PhD Candidate, Department of Art History and Archeology, University of Maryland

  • “The Queer Politics of Hélio Oiticica’s Babylonian Cinema,” Daniela Mayer, MA in Art History, Hunter College

  • “Video Trans-Americas: Dis/placing New York,” Catherine Spencer, Senior Lecturer, School of Art History, University of St. Andrews

Audience Q&A

4:15 PM – 5:30 PM
PANEL 2: MATERIALITY: FERTILIZER, ALUMINUM, AND THE CITY AS MEDIUM

Discussant: Florencia San Martin, Assistant Professor of Art History and Global Cultures, California State University, San Bernardino

  • “Juan Downey’s Mineral Media,” Nicolas Holt, PhD Candidate in Art History, McGill University

  • “Pressed Against the Pavement: The Transfer Technique and the Immigrant Experience in José Antonio Fernández-Muro’s New York Collages, 1964–1970,” Megan Kincaid, PhD Candidate in Modern and Contemporary Art, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

  • “A Trojan Horse in the Stable Gallery,” Delia Solomons, Assistant Professor of Art History, Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, Drexel University

Audience Q&A

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

KEYNOTE TALK “Latinx Art, 2010–2022: The Challenges, Risks, and Possibilities of Inclusion,” E. Carmen Ramos, Chief Curatorial and Conservation Officer, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Audience Q&A

FRIDAY, MARCH 25

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
ROUNDTABLE: CONTEMPORARY RESONANCE OF THE 1970S

Discussant: Arlene Dávila, Professor of Anthropology and American Studies, New York University

  • Participating artists: Alicia Grullon, Mary Valverde, Glendalys Medina, Elia Elba

Audience Q&A

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM
PANEL 3: NETWORKS AND COMMUNITIES AROUND VIDEO AND TELEVISION
Discussant: Gillian Sneed, Assistant Professor of Art History, School of Art + Design, San Diego State University

  • “Names of Friends: Eduardo Costa and Hannah Weiner’s Conceptualism,” Annie Ochmanek, PhD Candidate in Art History, Columbia University

  • “The Television Alternative: Glusberg at MoMA and Transnational Video Network,” Daniel Ricardo Quiles, Associate Professor and Chair, 2021–2024, Department of Art History, Theory and Criticism, School of Art Institute of Chicago

  • “Between the New York Underground and Community Media: Jaime Barrios’s Film Club (1968),” Jessica Gordon-Burrhoughs, Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Latin American Studies and Visual Culture, University of Edinburgh

Audience Q&A

3:15 PM – 4:30 PM
PANEL 4: ARTISTIC COMMUNITIES IN NEW YORK

Discussant: Josh Franco, National Collector, Archives of American Art

  • “The Tribal Drum. Nemesio Antúnez's radio show Arte desde Nueva York, 1967–68,” Amalia Cross, PhD Candidate in History, Universidad Católica de Santiago

  • “‘Manhattan Non-Stop’: Guillermo Núñez and Chilean Artists in New York,” Rachel Kaplan, Assistant Curator, Latin American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

  • “Dear Mr. President: Carlos Irizarry's Explosive Messages,” Melissa M. Ramos-Borges, Adjunct Professor at Departamento de Humanidades, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto Universitario de Mayagüez and at Programa de Historia del Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras

Audience Q&A

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

KEYNOTE
“Año Cero: 1969,” Yasmin Ramirez, Independent Curator

Audience Q&A

This conference is co-organized with Americas Society.

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