The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Contingencies of Beauty: Artists in Dialogue

Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 – Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015

01:30 PM – 05:00 PM

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The International Center for the Arts of the Americas (ICAA) is proud to host this symposium, a series of artist-centered dialogues organized by the ICAA in conjunction with the exhibition Contingent Beauty: Contemporary Art from Latin America. Spread over three installments—a conversation, a round table discussion, and a more formal two-session symposium—the dialogues provide spaces for reflecting on how many of the most relevant mid-career artists from Latin America whose work is featured in Contingent Beauty merge aesthetic concerns with issues grounded in the region's complicated social and political realities.

María Fernanda Cardoso, Woven Water: Submarine Landscape, 1994, dried starfish with metal wire, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by the Caribbean Art Fund. © María Fernanda Cardoso

About the Symposium


Artists in Dialogue I: A Conversation
Friday, November 20, 34:30 p.m. | Caroline Wiess Law Building, Brown Auditorium Theater
Artists: Los Carpinteros (Cuba): Marco Castillo and Dagoberto Rodríguez; Grupo Mondongo (Argentina): Juliana Laffitte and Manuel Mendanha. Moderators: Fabiola López-Durán, Rice University, and María C. Gaztambide, ICAA and MFAH.

Artists in Dialogue I.5: Focus on the Moving Image
Friday, November 20, 66:30 p.m. | Caroline Wiess Law Building, Contingent Beauty galleries
Artists: Javier Téllez and Miguel Ángel Ríos.

Artists in Dialogue III: A Roundtable
Saturday, November 21, 2:304:30 p.m. | Caroline Wiess Law Building, Brown Auditorium Theater
Artists: Johanna Calle (Colombia), María Fernanda Cardoso (Colombia), Regina Silveira (Brazil), Carmela Gross (Brazil). Moderator: Tahía Rivero Ponte, Colección Mercantil, Caracas.

Artists in Dialogue IV: Symposium: The State of the Moving Image in Latin America (two sessions)
Sunday, November 22, 1:30–5 p.m. | Audrey Jones Beck Building, American General Conference Room
Artists: Tania Bruguera (Cuba), Magdalena Fernández (Venezuela), José Alejandro Restrepo (Colombia), Miguel Ángel Rojas (Colombia), and Teresa Serrano (Mexico). Session moderators: Gabriela Rangel, Americas Society, New York, and George Flaherty, University of Texas, Austin.

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