Visiting Artists Program: Current Lectures
Tania Bruguera, Useful Art, 2010, Sculpture installed in bathroom; ceramic, water supply tube, flange bolts, silicone caulk, black paint. Queens Museum of Art permanent collection. Courtesy of Studio Bruguera and Queens Museum of Art.
The Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium, 230 S. Columbus Dr.
Monday, October 15, 6:00–7:30 p.m.
SAIC alumna Tania Bruguera (MFA 2001) is one of the leading political and performance artists of her generation. Her work researches ways in which art can be applied to everyday political life, creating a public forum to debate ideas in a state of contradiction, focusing on the transformation of the "viewer" into one of "citizenry." Bruguera's terms “arte de conducta” (conduct/behavior art) and “arte útil” (useful art) define her practice. In 2010, Bruguera launched Immigrant Movement International, a five-year project that helps define the immigrant as a unique, new global citizen in a postnational world and tests the concept of “useful art,” by artists actively implementing the merging of art into society’s urgent social, political, and scientific issues.
Bruguera’s work has been presented internationally at Documenta 11, Kassel, Germany and several biennials including Performa, Venice, Gwangju, and Havana. She has exhibited at the Tate Modern, London; Künsthalle Wien, Vienna; Centre Pompidou, Paris; and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York. Presented in collaboration with SAIC’s Office of Alumni Relations.
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