Rachel Weiss Free Lecture At MOAD, Freedom Tower

Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 1:00pm

The MDC Museum of Art + Design (MOAD) presents a free public lecture from Rachel Weiss, Latin American Art Researcher, Lecturer and Author of To and From Utopia in the New Cuban Art.

“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 artworks which revisit traumatic histories.

About Rachel Weiss: Rachel Weiss is professor of arts administration and policy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has written extensively on Latin American art and cocurated the exhibitions The Nearest Edge of the World: Art and Cuba Now and Global Conceptualism: Points of Origin, 1950s-1980s.

Admission: Free and open to the public
Public Hours: Wednesday through Sunday from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
This event is free and open to the public. RSVP at museum@mdc.edu or call 305.237.7722

MDC Museum of Art + Design
Freedom Tower at Miami-Dade College
600 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, Fl 33132

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