Measuring God in Earth: A Discussion on Ana Mendieta’s Work


Monday, February 6, 2017, 5:30pm


CGIS South, Belfer Case Study Room S-020 1730 Cambridge Street


Speakers: Tania Bruguera, installation and performance artist; Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advance Study, Harvard University, and Carrie Lambert-Beatty, Professor of History of Art and Architecture and Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University

Reception to follow the event
Tania Bruguera is an installation and performance artist whose works often expose the social effects of the power of political force. She participated in the Documenta 11 exhibition and also established the Arte de Conducta (Behavior Art) program at Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana. Her work has been shown in the 2015 Venice Biennale, at Tate Modern, London, Guggenheim and MoMA, New York, among others. Bruguera has recently opened the Hannah Arendt International Institute for Artivism, in Havana - a school, exhibition space and think thank for activist artists and Cubans. Born 1968 in Havana, Cuba. She lives and works in Havana, New York and Cambridge.
Carrie Lambert-Beatty is an art historian with a focus on art from the 1960s to the present, and a special interest in performance in an expanded sense. Her 2008 book Being Watched: Yvonne Rainer and the 1960s was the first critical study of this signal member of the avant-garde, bringing together new research on minimalism, dance, performance documentation, theories of spectatorship, and the American avant-garde's response, often at the level of the political unconscious, to the period's burgeoning media culture. Published by MIT Press, Being Watched was awarded the de la Torre prize for dance studies and was a finalist for the CAA's Rufus Morey prize. Lambert-Beatty's more recent work has focused on hybrids of art and activism such as Women on Waves and The Yes Men. Her essay on recuperation--both neurological and ideological--in the work of the art team Allora + Calzadilla accompanied their representation of the United States at the 2011 Venice Biennale. Lambert-Beatty's writing appears in journals such as Artforum and October, of which she is an editor. She is at work on a book for University of Chicago Press related to her 2009 essay "Make-Believe: Parafiction and Plausibility" (October 129), exploring deception, confusion, and states of doubt in contemporary art and culture.