Calle Tomada: The Street in Latin America

Monday 04 March, 2013
3 - 9pm, $0

Columbia University, Schermerhorn Hall
1190 Amsterdam Avenue, Floor 8

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Columbia University’s Department of Art History & Archaeology presents CALLE TOMADA: The Street in Latin America. An evening-long symposium, Calle Tomada invites a small group of artists, scholars, and curators to discuss the intersection of the urban landscape, political activism, and cultural production in Latin America. The program comprises presentations from artist and scholar Luis Camnitzer, independent curator Isabela Villanueva, and scholar and independent curator Ana Paula Cohen, as well as a conversation between São Paulo-based art and architecture collective BijaRi and scholar Patricio del Real. The symposium will investigate art’s role in galvanizing a “public” in the absence of a public space, in making visible socioeconomic and political precariousness, and in building informal political spaces.

Calle Tomada will take place on Monday, March 4th, 2013 from 4 to 8 p.m. (followed by a reception) in the Judith Lee Stronach Center, located on the 8th floor of Schermerhorn Hall (1190 Amsterdam Ave., 1 train to 116th). There will be a special viewing of the exhibition Conceptual Geographies: Frames and Documents: Selections from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection at the Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery (down the hall from the Stronach Center) from 3 to 4 p.m. for those interested in attending prior to the symposium. This event is free and open to the public.

This event is organized by graduate students in Columbia’s Critical & Curatorial Studies (MODA) program Carmen Falcioni, Carmen Ferreyra, and Cecelia Thornton-Alson. It is made possible by the Department of Art History & Archaeology, with additional support from the Institute for the Study of Latin American Art (ISLAA), Columbia’s Department of Latin American & Iberian Cultures, and the Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery.

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