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Spring 2019 Talks

  • Cristina Velasquez, New World series

    Cristina Velasquez

    Cristina Velasquez, from New World series, 2018

    February 21, 1 pm
    Fine Arts building, room 110

    Cristina Velásquez (Colombia) is a visual artist working mainly with photography and paper weavings. Her work investigates representation and translation in the context of transcultural relationships —both as mechanisms for oppression and silencing, as well as powerful tools for connection and resistance. She is interested in the way one culture translates another, and how inevitably, a dominant culture sanitizes and reduces the other in a subtle, and not so subtle, continuity of colonialism.  Velásquez asks how photography and weaving might be called upon to further the understanding of social politics, history, and narrative, particularly in relation to Latin American studies.


  • Soledad Salame, Gulf Distortions

    Soledad Salamé

    Soledad Salamé, Gulf Distortions XII, 2011, Silkscreen on Mylar

    February 26, 1 pm
    Fine Arts building, room 110

    Soledad Salamé, American, was born in Santiago, Chile in 1954. She currently lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland, where she directs Sol Print Studio, an experimental space for artists to develop and refine their printmaking skills. 

    From 1973 to 1983 Salamé lived and studied in Venezuela. During this time she was exposed to the rainforest, a pivotal experience in her artistic development. As an interdisciplinary artist, Salame creates work that originates from extensive research of specific environmental and human rights topics. In the pursuit of new ideas, she has conducted intensive field research in the Americas, and Antarctica.

  • Coco Fusco-video-still

    Coco Fusco

    Coco Fusco, To Live in June with Your Tongue Hanging Out, video still, 2018

    March 4, 6:30 pm
    Dudley Recital Hall
    Fine Arts Building, room 132

    Reception, 5–6:30 pm
    Blaffer Art Museum Café

    Coco Fusco is an interdisciplinary artist and writer and the Andrew Banks Endowed Professor of Art at the University of Florida. She is a recipient of a 2014 Cintas Fellowship, a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2013 Absolut Art Writing Award, a 2013 Fulbright Fellowship, a 2012 US Artists Fellowship and a 2003 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts.

  • Jeffrey Gibson image 2018

    Jeffrey Gibson

    Jeffrey Gibson, Shanekia McIntosh (Peace Helmet), 2018, image courtesy of the artist, photograph by Caitlin Mitchell

    March 19, 6:30 pm
    Dudley Recital Hall
    Fine Arts building, room 132

    Reception, 5:30–6:30 pm
    Dudley Recital Hall Lobby

    Drawing influence from popular music, fashion, literature, cultural and critical theory, and his own individual heritage, Jeffrey Gibson’s work recontextualizes the familiar to offer a succinct commentary on cultural hybridity and the assimilation of modernist artistic strategies within contemporary art. Gibson’s Cherokee and Choctaw lineage has imparted a recognizable aesthetic to his beaded works exploring narrative deconstructions of both image and language as transmitted through figuration.


  • Rafael Soldi, Sentiment

    Rafael Soldi

    Rafael Soldi, from Sentiment series

    March 26, 1 pm
    Fine Arts building, room 110

    Soldi is a Peruvian­-born, Seattle-based artist and curator and is the co-founder of FOUND, a space for contemporary art in Seattle, and the Strange Fire Collective, a project dedicated to highlighting work made by women, people of color, and queer and trans artists. He will be speaking about his own photographic art work and his curatorial practice.

  • Natalie DupĂȘcher

    April 9, 11:30 am
    Fine Arts building, room 110

    Natalie Dupêcher is Assistant Curator of Modern Art at the Menil Collection. She specializes in modern art in Western Europe and the United States, with an emphasis in the historical avant-garde and Surrealism. She is currently finishing her doctoral studies at Princeton, where she is completing a dissertation on the art and writing of German-born artist Hans Bellmer (1902–75), arguing that he used both to explore and give form to his conviction that the body was structured like a language, amenable to disarticulation and reorganization. She earned her MA in Art History from Princeton University and also holds an MA from the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.

  • Rainey Knudson

    photo: Jennifer Battaglia

    April 9, 6:30 pm
    April 23, 6:30 pm
    Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture & Design, room 150

    Rainey Knudson is the founder and publisher of Glasstire. After working on a print magazine about Texas art, Knudson launched Glasstire in 2001 as one of the earliest web-only arts journals in the country. She has spoken or written about arts journalism at Emory University, the USC Annenberg School, the National Endowment for the Arts, and other places. She has a degree in literature from Rice University and a dual MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and the Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM) in Monterrey, Mexico. She lives in Houston.