The Usefulness of Art

25.09.2013 / 7:00 p.m.
Texas Theater. Dallas, Texas, United States
Discussion
Coordinated by Meadows School of the Arts

The Usefulness of Art: Tania Bruguera in Conversation with Noah Simblist

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Meadows Prize winner Tania Bruguera, who is completing the second half of her residency at Meadows from Sept. 18 to Oct. 6, will discuss her most recent projects, Immigrant Movement International and Arte Útil, in a conversation with SMU Associate Professor of Art Noah Simblist. Bruguera is a Cuban-born interdisciplinary artist who has worked with behavior art, performance, installation and video. Her work has been featured in Documenta 11 in Germany and in the Venice, Johannesburg, Sáo Paolo, Shanghai and Havana biennials. In March 2011, Bruguera began a five-year social project, Immigrant Movement International, the first year of which was sponsored by Meadows Prize winner Creative Time and the Queens Museum of Art. IM International functions as a think tank for immigrant issues; from its storefront headquarters in Corona, Queens, Bruguera and other staff and volunteers offer free educational, artistic and consciousness-raising activities to a community of immigrants. Bruguera is a proponent of “arte útil” (useful art), meaning art that can be implemented in people’s lives in ways that address social and political problems. She is now embarking on a new project with the Queens Museum and Van Abbemuseum in the Netherlands, culminating in the transformation of the old building of the VanAbbemuseum into the Museum of Arte Útil.

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