Cuban artist María Magdalena Campos-Pons visits UMMA to discuss her wide-ranging work in visual and performance art over the past three decades. Dealing extensively with the legacy of the African diaspora across the Atlantic, Campos-Pons’s work inquires about the continuities of family and traditions as they persist and sustain despite the disruptions of the past, while also exploring how they can define and constrain definitions of selfhood. Her art has been exhibited around the world, with notable solo shows at the Museum of Modern Art and the Venice Biennale 2001 and a large retrospective at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2007, the same year in which she was also the recipient of the Rappaport Prize. She is co-founder of GASP, a gallery and collaborative artists’ space in Boston, and teaches at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in the same city.
Joining Campos-Pons to discuss her work will be Larry La Fountain-Stokes, UM Associate Professor of American Culture, Romance Languages, and Women’s Studies. Dr. La Fountain-Stokes is a scholar of contemporary avant-garde performance cultures across Latin America and is most recently the author of Queer Ricans: Cultures and Sexualities in the Diaspora (2009).
This project is made possible in part by the LSA Understanding Race Theme Semester and the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.