On the Horns of A Dilemma: Contemporary Art Between the Regional and the Transnational

On the Horns of A Dilemma: Contemporary Art Between the Regional and the Transnational

  • Data: 21/07/2015
  • Local: Escola de Artes Visuais
  • Endereço: R. Jardim Botânico, 414 – Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22461-000

Palestra com o professor da Columbia Alexander Alberro, historiador da arte e especialista em conceitualismos dentro do projeto Brazil as global crossroads.

Is it possible to reestablish the lost link between contemporary art and a consistent art historical narrative? Second, can the art of the past quarter century be seen in structural terms–that is, is it organized around a structure? And third, are there theoretical and practical tools that could help us to comprehend both the governing principle of regional traditions, and the alleged globalization of the art world in recent years? To date, the answers given to such crucial questions have established only a limited connection between a regional or national art space on the one hand and a transnational art space on the other. In order to move beyond this division, I will propose that the art of the past several decades exists in a mediating space between these two poles: a parallel territory, relatively autonomous from the political domain, and dedicated as a result to questions, debates, inventions of a specifically artistic nature. Here struggles of all sorts are refracted, diluted, deformed or transformed according to an artistic logic, and in artistic forms. My hope is that working from this hypothesis, while trying to envisage all its theoretical and practical consequences, an understanding of art that is at once regional and transnational can be developed: in other words, a concept that could give a unified account of, say, the development of recent art forms, or the aesthetics of the artworks, and their connection to the political, economic and social world.

Organização: Columbia University no Brasil/Columbia Global Center; Programas de Pós-graduação: Instituto de Artes da UERJ, Escola de Comunicação da UFRJ e Escola de Belas Artes da UFRJ. Apoio Institucional: Escola de Artes Visuais Parque Lage.


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