theABSENTmuseum

ProjectQ / CalArts

The Absent Museum is initiating a discussion around the changing notion of philanthropy in our contemporary culture. The traditional model of monetary donations can seem to operate as non-inclusive and out of reach. What are the possibilities beyond this model? The first series of events in the Absent Museum program will focus on this question and will introduce people and organizations that speak to the idea of grassroots philanthropy - is this approach more caring, more beneficial and open as a model for our work with communities today. How can art engage with communities through social practice? How do we define what social practice is today and how can it truly benefit our communities? 

SPEAKER: 

Madin Lopez, founder of ProjectQ  - "using hair as a form of social justice". Madin Lopez will start the series with their presentation titled, "Making An Activist, at the Intersection of Homophobia and Misogynoir".

DATE: 

April 16th, 2019, 5-7pm

VENUE: 

California Institute of the Arts, at The Bijou Auditorium, 24700 McBean Pkwy.
Valencia, CA 91355

SUPPORT:

Generous support by: California Institure of the Arts.

CREDIT:

Images by Kail Hocker. Courtesy of California Institute of the Arts. Poster design by Noah Chang. 

Taking Space / Making Space

Taking Space/Making Space: How Art Can Serve Community in the Borderlands
Part of a 2012/2020 Speaker Series organized by University & State, a Humanities Commons Research Group
Friday, December 6th, 2019
Workshop on Community Building and Organizing
with
Claudia Perez of Resilience OC
UCI Cross Cultural Center, Dr. White Room
2-3pm
Presentations and discussion 
Humanities Gateway 1341
4-6pm
with
Amy Sanchez Arteaga and Misael Diaz of Cog•nate Collective
Sarah Williams and Nicole Kelly (NK) co-founder and Programming Director of Women's Center of Creative Work
Moderated by artist Farrah Karapetian
Speaker Series Description:
We would like to think about how locally-oriented and site-specific work can challenge or evade the kinds of representation offered by traditional and State institutions, which come with particular expectations and demands. For example, when grant funding brings with it expectations of what diversity, advancement for women, or national identity might mean, is it possible to strategically use those resources while resisting their conceptual frames? Maintaining autonomous spaces for cultural production has become more difficult in urban spaces in recent years. In Tijuana and Juárez this might have to do with militarization, migration, drug-related violence, and the kind of cleansing and gentrification again for tourists that is still going on now. Maintaining autonomous spaces in cities like Los Angeles and El Paso is also difficult, due to the pressures of gentrification, urban expansion, institutional power, and the requirements that must be met for organizational legibility and sources of funding. It is both possible and necessary to think about the line between community and artistic work in this context. This series will also offer reflections on the specificity of negotiating the line between the State and the University in Latin American contexts.
Organized by Ana Baginski, UCI Comparative Literature, University & State and
Gosia Wojas, UCI Art

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