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Held at the Block Museum in conjunction with a student-curated exhibition on the Wall of Respect and the Mural Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. 2017 marks the 50-year anniversary of the Wall of Respect, a mural of Black heroes and heroines painted “guerrilla-style” in 1967 by the Organization of Black American Culture on the wall of a decaying building on the South Side of Chicago. Although it existed for only a few years, the Wall of Respect helped set off a multiracial community mural movement that was active in Chicago and throughout the United States. “Art, Publics, Politics” brings together artists and scholars to address connections between the Wall and their work or work they write about. The exhibition at the Block Museum of Art will be curated by students in a first-year seminar entitled “The Wall of Respect and Chicago’s Mural Movement.”
Three Senior Honors Thesis writers will present their work. Reception to follow.
Adriana Zavala, Associate Professor of Art History and Latinx Studies, Tufts University This lecture explores the work of three visual artists of the U.S. Latinx diaspora, Amalia Mesa-Bains (Chicana/U.S), María Magdalena Campos-Pons (Afro-Cuban/US), and Firelei Báez (Dominican Republic/US). It will consider their art practices in installation, photography and painting as modes of embodied interference that unsettle colonialism’s entangled racial logics and conjure new modes of Brown and Black being. Lecture co-sponsored by Department of Art History and Latino/a Studies