Internationally acclaimed Cuban artist Tania Bruguera will speak at Vassar as part of Hispanic Heritage Month.
Her talk, “‘Aesth-ethics’: Art with Consequences,” will be held on Tuesday, September 15, 7:30pm in Taylor Hall, room 102. This event, which is part of the Hispanic Studies Department’s Antonio Márquez Lecture Series, is free and open to the public.
A leading political and performance artist researching ways in which art applies to everyday political life, Bruguera will discuss art and politics. “Political art,” she says, “is art that has consequences.” And Bruguera understands consequences firsthand. Recently released from a months-long house arrest by the Cuban government for attempting to restage one of her performance pieces in Havana, Bruguera has been at the forefront of freedom of expression throughout her career. The New York Times has said, Bruguera is an artist “whose work blurs and sometimes obliterates the line between socially conscious performance art and straight-ahead social work.”
Bruguera studied art at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana and at the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work, which was been widely exhibited internationally, is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Currently the artist-in-residence for the City of New York’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, Bruguera is tasked with helping the agency recruit undocumented immigrants for the new, popular identification card program, IDNYC.
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