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Tue, Mar 16


Interactive Online Lecture

Conceptualism as a political device?

Bite-size lecture. Part of the course "A brief history of art in Latin America in the XX century".

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Conceptualism as a political device?
Conceptualism as a political device?

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Mar 16, 2021, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM GMT

Interactive Online Lecture

About the event

You are invited to view the individual lectures of the course "A brief history of art in Latin America in the XX century". 

If you are interested in the whole course and decide to purchase it after your class, the price of this class will be discounted from the full price of the course. You will receive access to the recordings of the previous classes. 

About this Lecture: 

As authoritarian regimes started to escalate in Latin America during the 60s, artists began to reject the institutional artistic perspective that was, in most cases, controlled by the government. Artists made a dramatic shift towards conceptualism as a political resistance tool that would allow them to intervene in society and promote social change. Nevertheless, despite their attempts to reject traditional artistic languages, the mainstream academy has absorbed their emancipatory proposals as part of their institutional programme, creating questions on whether they achieved their objective or reasserted previous power relations.

About the Course:

This 6-week course will provide you with an overview of key historical elements that shaped the Latin-American art scene of the 20th Century. Despite the current debate over the use of the term "Latin American Art", art-historian Daniela Galan will guide an in-depth critical discussion on the patterns, dissonances, similarities and tensions that determined Latin America’s importance in the global contemporary art scene. Through the analysis of 50 artworks, we will study concepts such modernism; post-colonialism; the relationship between social realism and politics; universalism, primitivism and the construction of the fantastic; abstraction vs concretism; among others.

Each lesson which will include a one-hour lecture, one-hour Q&A discussion, and will be accompanied by a suggested reading list.

Session 1: Universalism or National Identity?

Session 2: Dream or Reality? Dismantling the fantastic.

Session 3: Chi'ixi: Indigenism or the gesture of returning the gaze.

Session 4: Creating Illusions: Geometric Abstraction & Op Art.

Session 5: Figuration, Expressionism and Environments

Session 6: Conceptualism as a political device.


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