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A conversation with artist Edgar Arceneaux: Detroit Riots, Black Lives Matter, and The Collision of Art and Politics (via Zoom)

Thursday, September 24, 2020
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

In a wide ranging and informal conversation with the audience, artist Edgar Arceneaux shares his thoughts about his art, current and past projects, and how we construct history and memory in a racially divided country.

Los Angeles-based artist Edgar Arceneaux constructs drawings, installations, video, and film works as complex arrangements between implausible relationships. Constantly working in new modes, Arceneaux directed his first play at the Performa Biannual in NYC in November 2015 and was awarded the Malcolm McLaren, Best of Show Award. Solo exhibitions have been presented at the Vera List Center at MIT in Cambridge, MA; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; The Studio Museum in Harlem; and Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Basel, Switzerland.

Ticket Cost:
Virtual Experience via Zoom: FREE

Your Good Pictures: Trends in Popular Photography (via Zoom)

Monday, September 28, 2020
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

How-to books and photo blogs often represent the rules of photography as timeless or inherent to the medium. In fact, though, what we define as a “good picture” is constantly changing. In her new book,? Good Pictures: A History of Popular Photography, Kim Beil traces 50 stylistic trends through 175 years of photographic practice. In this informal hour-long conversation via Zoom, she discusses elements of contemporary pictures that seem unassailably good (the “best” angle for selfies, the “best” light for portraits), and shows that these judgments are actually recent developments, which overturn decades of previous advice on how to make good pictures.?

In the second half of the hour, Beil comments on pictures submitted in advance by you, the audience, placing your own family photos (1880 – 1980) in the context of photo history.

Send pictures of your favorite vintage photos to communityprograms@sbma.net by 9/21 to have your photos included in the conversation.

Kim Beil teaches art history at Stanford University.

Ticket Cost:
Virtual Experience via Zoom: FREE

Art Matters Lecture - Casta Paintings: Picturing Racial Difference in Colonial Mexico with Elena Fitzpatrick Sifford (via Zoom)

Thursday, October 1, 2020
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Elena Fitzpatrick Sifford
Assistant Professor of Art History, Baker Center for the Arts

In the 18th century in Mexico, artists began painting images of couples of different ethnic backgrounds along with their racially-mixed children. Typically, created in sets of 16, each picture showed a different type that was loosely codified in the sistema de castas, a hierarchy that categorized people based on racial mixture. This talk introduces casta paintings and discusses their formal and contextual characteristics, including the impetus for their creation and the significance of the works for those who commissioned and displayed them on both sides of the Atlantic.

credit: Miguel Cabrera, 5. From Spaniard and Mulatto Woman, Morisca (5. De español y mulata, morisca) (detail), 1763. Oil on canvas. Private collection.

Ticket Cost:
Virtual Experience via Zoom: FREE

A Discussion with Marshall Brown: "Collage Is…Collage Ain’t" (via Zoom)

Monday, October 26, 2020
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Working through the intertwined histories of art, architecture, and photography, Marshall Brown’s collages create new connections, associations, and meanings among disparate architectural and photographic sources. This talk focuses on collage making as a transgressive medium that embraces multiple histories, formal impurities, and uncertain visions for the future.

Marshall Brown is an architect, artist, and director of the Princeton Urban Imagination Center.

Ticket Cost:
Virtual Experience via Zoom: FREE

Art Matters Lecture - Race, Society, and Identity in 19th-century Mexican Costumbrismo with Mey-Yen Moriuchi (via Zoom)

Thursday, November 5, 2020
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Mey-Yen Moriuchi
Associate Professor of Art, La Salle University

Costumbrismo, a genre that took hold in Spain and Latin America, manifested itself through the visual and literary arts and sought to capture the customs, costumes, and traditions of everyday people and everyday life. In Mexico, it garnered particular momentum and prominence as the nation’s leaders tried to stabilize the country both politically and economically. Costumbrista artists desired to capture the corporeal physicality and presence of the Mexican people through their emphasis on naturalistic depiction and attention to detail. They created personal, constructed portrayals of Mexican life that were often romanticized and politicized. Ultimately, costumbrismo created a propagandistic, subjective language of representation that evaluated, critiqued, and celebrated 19th-century Mexican culture and traditions.

credit: José Agustín Arrieta, La Sorpreza (detail), 1850. Oil on canvas. Museo Nacional de Historia, INAH, Mexico City.

Ticket Cost:
Virtual Experience via Zoom: FREE

Art Matters Lecture - "What Matters is Boldness": Mexican Modernism in Context with Mark Castro (via Zoom)

Thursday, December 3, 2020
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Mark Castro
Jorge Baldor Curator of Latin American Art, Dallas Museum of Art

In the aftermath of Mexico’s violent civil war from 1910 to 1920, artists played a vital role in the construction of a new national identity. The works of the famous mural painters José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, and David Alfaro Siqueiros epitomized this transformation, capturing scenes from Mexico’s past, present, and an imagined future. Although of critical importance, these monumental works represent one facet of the rich history of Mexican modern art. This talk offers a glimpse of the complex history of innovation and debate that shaped Mexican art and in turn influenced modern art across the globe.

credit: David Alfaro Siqueiros, La colina de los muertos (detail), 1944. Duco on board. SBMA, Gift of Mrs. MacKinley Hel, 1969.35.51. © David Alfaro Siqueiros / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/SOMAAP, Mexico City.

Ticket Cost:
Virtual Experience via Zoom: FREE