Oct 7, 2022

Columbia University

  • Natalia Brizuela
  • Omar Berrada
  • Jennifer González
  • Pedro R. Erber
  • Sanjukta Sunderason
  • Niko Vicario
  • Pujan Karambeigi
  • Laura Tibi
  • Alexander Alberro

12 PM–6 PM EDT
In-person: Room 807, Schermerhorn Hall, Columbia University (1190 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027
Online: Register for the Zoom Webinar

This conference explores the entanglements between artistic expression and the movement of people, ideas, and capital across the globe in the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. The identity and experience of migrants have changed dramatically in recent decades. Today, more people are on the move, their destinations are more uncertain, and their journeys are more complex than ever before. “The Politics and Aesthetics of Migration” addresses art’s relationship to these forms of movement. Drawing on a wide range of debates in several disciplines, it explores current trends in artistic and cultural analysis, reexamines the connection between the stranger and the migrant, and questions the forces that have organized economic globalization.

The realities of migration have transformed the arts in several ways. First, they have de-linked art history from the nation-state and troubled the often-fraught relationship between artistic expression and national infrastructures. Second, they have allowed recalibrating of the relationship between center and periphery, metropole and colony. Finally, they have questioned how the particular experiences captured in artworks critically engage the undergirding structural conditions. “The Politics and Aesthetics of Migration” explores how these movements have reshaped art and culture in recent decades and have contributed to shaping identities and their publics.

We have structured the conference into two panels with three speakers each to address these questions. The speakers have varied regional expertise. The conference is hosted by the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University and the Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA), and is organized by Alexander Alberro, Pujan Karambeigi, and Laura Tibi.


PANEL 1: 12:00 PM EDT
Realism in the Balance

Pedro R. Erber, Waseda University
Sanjukta Sunderason, University of Amsterdam
Niko Vicario, Amherst College
Moderator: Pujan Karambeigi, Columbia University

PANEL 2: 3:00 PM EDT
Revisualizing Diaspora

Omar Berrada, The Cooper Union
Natalia Brizuela, University of California, Berkeley
Jennifer González, University of California, Santa Cruz
Moderator: Laura Tibi, Columbia University

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Tue–Fri: 12–6 PM

Sat–Mon: Closed

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