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Art and Power: From Museum to Real World
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The event, free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis, will include sessions centering on the appropriation of visual and print culture by political regimes; the intersections of “high culture” and “popular culture” in dictatorships or periods of political crisis; and the constructions of history in light of current events. Speakers will include poets, curators, historians of art and propaganda, and contemporary artists.

11/17/2017 to 11/18/2017
When: Friday, November 17, 2017
Where: King Juan I of Spain Center Conference, New York University
New York, New York 
United States

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YU’s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center will host “Art and Power: From Museum to Real World,” a two-day conference, Nov. 17 and 18, that will consider the relationship between art and power at its 53 Washington Square South location (betw. Sullivan and Thompson Streets).

The event, free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis, will include sessions centering on the appropriation of visual and print culture by political regimes; the intersections of “high culture” and “popular culture” in dictatorships or periods of political crisis; and the constructions of history in light of current events. Speakers will include poets, curators, historians of art and propaganda, and contemporary artists.

The symposium will be in English and Spanish. Simultaneous translation will be provided. For more information and a complete schedule of sessions, please click here.

Friday, November 17
5:00 p.m.: Welcome
Christine Poggi, the Judy and Michael Steinhardt Director of NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts

5:15 p.m.: Introduction
María Dolores Jiménez-Blanco, associate professor, Universidad Complutense de Madrid; Fall 2017 King Juan Carlos I of Spain Chair in Spanish Culture, NYU

5:30 p.m.: Keynote
“Un orden disidente. El regreso de la poesía al sentido de lo común” (“A Dissident Order. The Return of Poetry to the Common Sense”), by Luis García Montero, poet and professor of Spanish Literature, Universidad de Granada

6:30 p.m.: PANEL 1, “Museum Piece? Exhibiting War and Totalitarianisms”
“We Wanted a Revolution. Black Radical Women, 1965-85,” by Catherine J. Morris, Sackler Senior Curator, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum

“Closed Fields? Museums and Memory,” by María Dolores Jiménez-Blanco, associate professor, Universidad Complutense de Madrid; Fall 2017 King Juan Carlos I of Spain Chair in Spanish Culture, NYU

“At War. Conflict and Representation,” by Francesc Torres, artist

Respondent: Miriam M. Basilio, associate professor of Art History and Museum Studies, NYU

Saturday, November 18
11:00 a.m.: Introduction
Miriam Basilio, associate professor of Art History and Museum Studies, NYU

11:15 a.m.: PANEL 2, “Very Real Fictions: Creation and Political Commentary”
“Political Regimes of Invisibility. Aesthetics and Censorship in Contemporary Spain,” by Germán Labrador, associate professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Princeton University

“Spanish Dynasties: Portraits, Copies, and Controversy,” by Miriam Basilio, associate professor of Art History and Museum Studies, NYU

“Postcards from Venezuela,” by Esperanza Mayobre, artist

Respondent: Carey Kasten, associate professor of Spanish, Modern Languages and Literature, Fordham University

3:00 p.m.: PANEL 3, “Politics, Consumerism, Tourism and Culture: Picasso’s Guernica”
“Guernica’s Arrival to Spain. Memory, Political Commitment and Democracy,” by Genoveva Tusell, professor, Universidad Nacional a Distancia, Madrid

“Picasso as Backdrop,” by Daniel García Andújar, artist

“Pic@$$o,” by Rogelio López Cuenca, artist

Respondent: Jordana Mendelson, associate professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures, NYU

The event is co-organized by María Dolores Jiménez-Blanco, associate professor, Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Fall 2017 King Juan Carlos I of Spain Chair in Spanish Culture, and Miriam Basilio, associate professor of Art History and Museum Studies, NYU.

For more information, call 212.998.3650 or visit www.kjcc.org.

Subways: R, W (8th Street); 6 (Astor Place); A, B, C, D, E, F, M (West 4th Street).

Editor’s Note:
Since 1997, King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center of New York University has centered on increasing awareness of Spain and the Spanish-speaking world at NYU and fostering cultural and intellectual exchange. Having established itself with numerous well-received programs, it offers a wide array of lectures, conferences, readings, screenings, exhibitions, among different special events, with the aim of reaching a growing audience while deepening its commitment to its current constituency. For more, please visit www.kjcc.org

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