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Leticia Alvarado: To Have and To Hoard, Xandra Ibarra’s Object Lessons

Date and Time: 
Thursday, December 2, 2021. 12:00 PM
Meeting Location: 
Zoom
Workshop: 
Feminist, Queer, and Trans Studies Colloquium
Meeting Description: 

How do minoritized artists navigate spaces rife with problematic practices of extraction, rooted in the institutional objectification of individuals in the service of empires and how are engaged audiences called into reflection on their continuing legacies? In this talk, Professor Alvarado orients us to consider the object lessons proffered in the cultural production of Oakland-based artist Xandra Ibarra. With analytic focus trained on the matter held, hoarded, and placed into circulation by the artist, Alvarado urges us to consider divergent relations to power within rarified spaces of art exhibition, as well as the affective possibilities of resistive engagement unraveled through them.

Leticia Alvarado is associate professor of ethnic studies and American studies at Brown University. She is a past recipient of the Smithsonian Latino Studies Predoctoral Fellowship, Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, and an American Association of University Women American Fellowship, among other accolades. She is the author of Abject Performances: Aesthetic Strategies in Latino Cultural Production (Duke University Press, 2018), recipient of honorable mentions from the 2019 Latin American Studies Association Latino/a Studies Section Outstanding Book Award and the Modern Language Association Book Prize in United States Latina and Latino and Chicana and Chicano Literary and Cultural Studies. Her current book project, Cut/Hoard/Suture: Aesthetics in Relation, is supported by the Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program.

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Image courtesy of Xandra Ibarra.

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