Latin American Forum: Pop América: New Figuration in Brazil and Beyond ca. 1960

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The Latin American Forum is pleased to present Pop América: New Figuration in Brazil and Beyond ca. 1960, a panel discussion addressing the complexity and diversity of the Pop phenomenon in the Americas. The panel features a conversation between Dr. Esther Gabara (E. Blake Byrne Associate Professor of Romance Studies and Associate Professor at Duke University); Dr. Claudia Calirman (Associate Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice); and Brian Bentley (Ph.D. Candidate at the Institute of Fine Arts). The event takes the exhibition “Pop América,” curated by Dr. Gabara, as a starting point to problematize the label ‘Pop” in the context of Latin America and the Caribbean, focusing especially on the case of Brazilian New Figuration. The exhibition opened on October 4, 2018 at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, TX, and will be traveling to the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, and the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University.

Esther Gabara is the E. Blake Byrne Associate Professor of Romance Studies and Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University. A specialist in modern and contemporary Latin American literature and visual culture, she teaches a broad range of undergraduate and graduate courses that bring together research, theory, and practice and introduce students to scholarly and artistic genealogies in the Global South. Gabara was the faculty guest curator of the exhibition, Pop América, 1965-1975, which will travel from the McNay Art Museum (San Antonio, 2018), to the Nasher Museum of Art (Duke, 2019), and the Block Museum of Art (Northwestern, 2019). Pop América was awarded the inaugural Sotheby’s Prize for curatorial innovation. Recent publications include essays for Un arte sin tutela: Salón Independiente en México, 1968-1971 (MUAC/UNAM, Mexico), La Raza (Autry Museum of the American West), and Revolution and Ritual: The Photographs of Sara Castrejón, Graciela Iturbide, and Tatiana Parcero (Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery). She published the monograph, Errant Modernism: The Ethos of Photography in Mexico and Brazil (2008, Duke University Press), and is completing a new manuscript, “Non-Literary Fiction: Invention and Intervention in Contemporary Art of the Americas.”

Claudia Calirman is Associate Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, in the Department of Art and Music. She is the author of Brazilian Art under Dictatorship: Antonio Manuel, Artur Barrio, and Cildo Meireles (Duke University Press, 2012), which received the 2013 Arvey Book Award by the Association for Latin American Art. She is a recipient of the Arts Writers Grant from Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation and has curated several exhibitions, including Basta! Art and Violence in Latin America (Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery at John Jay College, 2016). She is the author of “Pop and Politics in Brazilian Art” for the International Pop exhibition at the Walker Art Center, in Minneapolis.

Brian Bentley is a Ph.D. candidate in modern and contemporary art of the Americas at the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, where he received his MA in 2013. He is currently writing a dissertation on Brazilian New Figuration and New Objectivity, 1963–1970. Bentley holds a BA Honours in Art History from McGill University and held Curatorial Assistant positions at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery and the Brooklyn Museum. He served as a curatorial researcher at El Museo del Barrio and The Whitney Museum of American Art, and co-curated Intimate Matters, an exhibition of work by NYU Steinhardt BFA students, in 2016.  His writing is published in Paulo Bruscky: Artist Books and Films, 1970-2013 (Another Space, 2015). He was a research assistant for Carolee Thea’s On Curating II: Paradigm Shifts – Interviews with Fourteen International Curators (D.A.P., 2016) and Mário Pedrosa: Primary Documents (MoMA, 2015). He is currently co-organizer, for the fourth time, of the annual IFA-ISLAA Symposium for Latin American Art.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 6:30pm 

The Institute of Fine Arts, NYU

1 E 78th Street New York, NY 10075