Visiting Speaker | Joaquín Barriendos

Please join us for the Art History Research Colloquium's keynote address by Joaquín Barriendos: Global Vorkurs: Reassembling the History of the Bauhaus from the Global South. Barriendos is a research fellow at the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, Universidad Autónoma de México in Oaxaca, México and an associate academic curator at Tlatelolco University Cultural Center. His talk on the Bauhaus coincides with the school's 100th anniversary in Germany. In order to celebrate the legacy of this influential school and aesthetic idea, Germany will relocate different Bauhaus archives in three new museums. In addition, a number of exhibitions and seminars around the globe will be discussing the presence of the Bauhaus worldwide. The centenary of the Bauhaus is the perfect arena for discussing the latest epistemological and geopolitical foundations that are encouraging art historical visions and museum imaginaries in Europe to become global. In this keynote address, Barriendos focuses on the relationship between the Bauhaus and Latin America, with an emphasis on Mexico and the intense connection this country “south of the border” had with several of the members of the Bauhaus.

Barriendos has published extensively on the globalization of Latin American contemporary art as well as the theorization of global art circuits and institutions. He has served as Latin American cultural studies assistant professor at Columbia University, visiting professor at the Universitat de Barcelona and research fellow at the Institute National d’Histoire de l’Art in Paris. He is author of Geoestética y Transculturalidad: Globalización de la Diversidad Cultural, Políticas de Representación y Nuevo Internacionalismo del Arte Contemporáneo (Girona, Fundaciò Espais [Premio Espais a la Crítica de Arte]), and his writings have appeared in Javier Guerrero’s Visual Objects (Princeton University Press, 2018), James Elkins’s Art and Globalization (Penn State University Press, 2011), Mieke Bal’s Migratory Politics: Technology, Time, Performativity (Amsterdam, 2011) and Hans Belting’s The Global Art World: Audiences, Markets and Museums (Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2009).

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Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum
Chace Center, 20 North Main Street, Providence, RI

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Theory + History of Art + Design



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