Bio

Professor, Arts Administration and Policy (1994). BA, 1976, Marlboro College, VT; MFA, 1980, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston. 


Publications

Books (recent)

Making Art Global (Part 1): The Third Havana Biennial, Afterall Books, 2011; To and From Utopia in the New Cuban Art, University of Minnesota Press, 2011; On Art, Artists, Latin America and Other Utopias by Luis Camnitzer (editor), University of Texas Press, 2009.

Articles (recent and forthcoming)

"Cuban Aesthetics," in Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (Oxford University Press, 2014); "Difficult Times: Watching Mendieta's Films," in Covered in Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta, Jane Blocker, ed. (exhibition catalog, University of Minnesota Press, 2014); "Quinta Bienal de la Habana," "La sexta Bienal de la Habana," "La Órbita de la Séptima Bienal de la Habana: Planeta Buenavista," and "Novena Bienal de la Habana," in Bienal de La Habana: Palabras Críticas, 1984–2010, Israel Castellanos-León, ed. (Havana: Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, 2013); "Utopía," in Caja de herramientas (exhibition catalog, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, 2013); "Recordando un pasado intenso, y la sorpresa que nos lleva," in Errata# Revista de Artes Visuales (Bogotá, 2013); "Tall Tales, Apocryphal Visions, and Hoaxes," in Nowhereisland (online, London: Cultural Olympiad, 2012); "The Body of the Collective, and Changing Fortunes of Utopia in Cuban Art," in Utopia and Contemporary Art, (Copenhagen: Hatje Cantz/Arken Museum, 2012); "El puño de Lázaro," in Altamente confidencial (Lázaro Saavedra en su Isla), Magaly Espinosa and Wendy Navarro, eds. (Quito: Galería Arte Actual, 2011); "Visual Art, 1959–1989," in Cuba: People, Culture, History, Alan West Duran, ed. (Scribner World Scholar/Gale, 2011).

Presentations (recent)

2014: "Impacto local de la bienal," Programa Evento Teórico 30 Aniversario Bienal Habana, Centro Wifredo Lam, Havana; Cintas Foundation/Freedom Tower, Miami. 

2013: "TV Came Here First," Cuban Art in Political Perspective, Tufts University/Aidekman Arts Center; "Global Conceptualism as Precedent," Museum of Modern Art, C-MAP (Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives) curatorial working group (keynote); "Taller Revisión de las exposiciones I: Ante América (1994) y MESóTICA II (1996)," TEORéTica, San José Costa Rica (keynote); Art History Lecture Series, University of Texas at Austin; "Why Museums Make Me Sad," Permanent Seminar, Center for Latin American Visual Studies, University of Texas at Austin.

2012: "¿Qué nos dicen hoy los 80?", Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; "Cultural Bricolage: Ediciones Vigia," University of Missouri/Columbia; "Lanzamiento del libro," Evento teórico, 11th Havana Bienal/Centro Teórico-Cultural Criterios; "Lupe at the Mic," Cleveland Institute of Art, at "Cuba Symposium" (keynote); "Making Art Global—For Better and for Worse," Stedelijk Museum/Rijksakademie, Amsterdam (keynote); "The Fire, One Time," Central St. Martins School of Art, London.

2011: Interlocutor, at Poner el cuerpo, Centro Cultural de España, Lima, Perú; "The Body of the Collective and the Changing Fortunes of Utopia," at Utopia Revisited, Arken Museum, Copenhagen.

Boards (current)

Art Journal Editorial Board (Chair), College Art Association, NY; Scientific Committee, Imágenes del arte y reescritura de las narravitvas en la cultural visual global, Government of Spain/Ministry of Science and Innovation; Miller Beach Arts and Creative District, Gary, IN.


Current Interests

Cultural policy, civil society, Latin American contemporary art, Cuban art, history of exhibitions, cultural redevelopment/creative placemaking, the politics of culture. My principal work consists of two strands: research and writing on contemporary art that is engaged in the dynamics and problematics of its setting, and an active professional practice in community organizing/economic redevelopment.

 

Disclaimer: All work represents the views of the INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS & AUTHORS who created them, and are not those of the school or museum of the Art Institute.