Department of Art and Art History Calendar

Art History Lecture Series presents Rachel Weiss

woman at mic

Lupe at the mic

"Lupe at the mic" recounts the 2009 performance in Havana for which Tania Bruguera installed a microphone in the patio of the Wifredo Lam Center and invited people to speak, unfiltered, for a minute each. Among those who took her up on her offer was famed dissident blogger Yoani Sánchez, which meant that the piece was an instant scandal and, additionally, succès de scandale. Despite that inherent element of melodrama, there was an unsettling vacuum of catharsis produced by the event, and in fact, it was in its afterlife as rumor, YouTube video, and blog post that the work achieved greatest density. This talk will think through some of the resonances, contradictions, and quandaries raised by the piece and by its reception in various quarters. It is part of a larger project Weiss is currently working on about upsetting experiences of art.

Writer, educator and lapsed curator, Rachel Weiss is Professor of Arts Administration and Policy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has published extensively on contemporary art in journals, magazines and newspapers in the US, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia. Major publications include Making Art Global: The Tercera Bienal de la Habana (Afterall Books), To and From Utopia in the New Cuban Art (University of Minnesota Press), Por América: la obra de Juan Francisco Elso (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas: co-author and editor) and On Art, Artists, Latin America and Other Utopias by Luis Camnitzer (University of Texas Press: editor). Among her major curatorial projects is included the pioneer exhibition Global Conceptualism 1950s-1980s: Points of Origin (Queens Museum of Art, NYC: co-director with Luis Camnitzer and Jane Farver)

Co-presented by the Center for Latin American Visual Studies (CLAVIS)