Artist & Curator: Silvia Gruner in conversation with Tarek Elhaik: February 20


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
5:30-7:30pm
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).


ARC’s 2018-19 program 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 The University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI).


This project was supported in part by the University of California Office of the President MRPI funding MR-15-328710.