Upcoming Event: Artist & Curator: Silvia Gruner in conversation with Tarek Elhaik

Silvia Gruner, The Middle of the Road, 1994 Installation photograph Courtesy of the artist.

Artist & Curator: Silvia Gruner in conversation with Tarek Elhaik
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Dwinelle Annex, Room 126

Co-sponsors: Arts Research Center and UCHRI.


Join ARC for an artist talk with Silvia Gruner, followed by a conversation with Tarek Elhaik


Silvia Gruner lives and works in Mexico City. She has always worked in diverse media such as film, video, photography, painting, performance and art installations. Her work establishes intimate and personal relationships with art and tradition, recontextualizing them within contemporary artistic dilemmas, social and historical contexts, and public spaces.


Tarek Elhaik’s (Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, UC Davis) writings have appeared in books and journals, including Framework, Revista de Antropologia Social, and Critical Arts. He has programmed and collaborated on symposia around the legacy of avant-garde cinema, aesthetics, and visual media. Rather than illustrations of fieldwork, these public programs are the outcome of my participant-observation based “curatorial work” and “curatorial designs”. He is also the author of The Incurable Image: Curating Post-Mexican Film and Media Arts (Edinburgh U. Press, 2016).

For more information, please see here.


ARC awarded UCHRI Funds for 2018-2019 Programming for “Arts of Critique”


ARC’s 2018-19 program will have a special focus on the critical potential of arts from the Global South, and is a collaboration between ARC Interim Director Natalia Brizuela (Film & Media and Spanish & Portuguese), Tarek Elhaik (Anthropology, UC Davis), Anneka Lenssen (History of Art), Leigh Raiford (African American Studies) and Poulomi Saha (English), supported by a generous grant from The University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI).

The year’s investigations on art and critique from/in the Global South will take off with a Workshop in Mexico City (September 6-8), co-convened by Natalia Brizuela and Elena Tzelepis (University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece), organized through the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs (ICCTP) with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Mexico City workshop will take place at the Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC) at the UNAM. More details on the Mexico City workshop can be found here.


Now Online: In Terms of Performance, a keywords anthology for contemporary cultural practice


In Terms of Performance is a keywords anthology designed to provoke discovery and generate shared literacies across disciplines. It features essays and interviews from more than 50 prominent artists, curators, presenters, and scholars who reflect on common yet contested terms in contemporary cultural practice. The publication is produced by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Philadelphia and the Arts Research Center and is co-edited by Shannon Jackson, director of the Arts Research Center, and Paula Marincola, executive director of the Pew Center. To read the free publication online, please see here.