Artist Talk with Juan Capistran
Thu, February 27, 2014 • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM • Room 1.120, Art Building, The University of Texas at Austin
Los Angeles-based artist Juan Capistran considers his art practice to be a form of visual “bootlegging.” Inspired by the practice of illicitly recording and distributing music, Capistran appropriates canonical artworks and transforms them through literary and music references. In his exhibition What We Want, What We Believe: Towards A Higher Fidelity, his process yields visual anthems of resistance that speak to the political realities of marginalized communities in the United States. This artist talk by Juan Capistran will address his past work, as well as his experience creating new work for the Visual Arts Center at The University of Texas at Austin.
Juan Capistran is a multimedia artist, born in Guadalajara, Mexico and currently living and working in Los Angeles. He earned a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design in 1999 and an MFA from the University of California at Irvine in 2002. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the Bronx Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Museo Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City, and 12th Istanbul Biennial among many others.
Co-sponsored by the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, the Center for Art of Africa and its Diasporas, the Center for Latin American Visual Studies, the Center for Mexican American Studies, and the Department of Art and Art History.