A public talk by the art historian Elena Shtromberg on the Brazilian Conceptual artist Cildo Meireles.
Elena Shtromberg is Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Utah. She specializes in modern and contemporary Latin American visual culture, with a specific focus on Brazil and the U.S.-Mexico border region. Her book, Art Systems: Brazil and the 1970s (University of Texas Press, 2016) explores visual forms of critique and subversion during the height of Brazilian dictatorship by tracing how the encounter of artistic practice with information and systems theories redefined the role of art in society. Her interdisciplinary research interests extend to gender and media studies, cultural studies, as well as communications, geography and postcolonial theory. She has been the recipient of grants from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Social Science Research Council and DAAD, among others. During her research leave in 2011-12 she was a guest scholar at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles.
Professor Shtromberg has also curated a number of exhibitions, the latest among them a co-curated screening of Contemporary Video Art from Latin America at the Getty Research Institute and In Motion – Borders and Migrations, encompassing a range of artistic manifestations along the U.S./Mexico border, co-curated for the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in Salt Lake City. Her latest project addresses the history of video art throughout Latin America and will culminate in an exhibition at LAXART (an alternative art space in Los Angeles) in October 2017 as well as an edited volume of newly commissioned essays and translations of seminal historical texts in 2018.