SAIC LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash, Lobby
SAIC’s Mohn Family Professor of Contemporary Art History David Raskin discusses the recent art of Jose Dávila, born in Guadalajara, Mexico in 1974, where he remains based. In this talk, Raskin explains how Dávila shares a creative sensibility with a number of artists who came of age at the end of the Cold War and built their practices in the global ebb and flow of capitalism – a cohort that includes Oscar Tuazon, Rachel Harrison, Liam Gillick, Shinique Smith, and Alicja Kwade, among others. These artists shift the frame of reference from media to the supply chain, scattering on-the-move materials across the language of modernism. With the rise of ethnonationalism, Raskin contends that art’s urgent project is no longer simply to provide aesthetic satisfaction but also to reveal the socioeconomic parameters of where we find it. Jose Dávila’s solo exhibition, Memory of a Telluric Movement, was held at the Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, Switzerland, in summer 2022.