11/12 | Visual Activism: Histories of Dance

Histories of Dance
Julia Bryan-Wilson and Olivia Ardui
in conversation with Thomas Lax
Museu de Arte de São Paulo
Thursday, November 12
4:00-5:30pm PST

This talk will take place online. Please join us on ARC’s YouTube channel, here.

The event will be live & true captioned.

This conversation celebrates the publication of the exhibition catalog for the show “Histories of Dance,” curated by Ardui and Bryan-Wilson, scheduled to take place in 2020 at the Museu de Arte de São Paulo but drastically reduced due to the pandemic. “Histories of Dance” illuminates the potential of dance to express physical joy and desire— and also collective anger—in the face of oppression and crisis. By looking at how bodies move together within specific political, historical, and economic contexts, the catalogue reflects how dance functions as exuberant resistance.

Image credit: Faith Ringgold, Groovin’ High, 1986. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at UC Berkeley.

Thomas J. Lax is Curator of Media and Performance at the Museum of Modern Art. They are currently preparing the exhibition Just Above Midtown: 1974 to the Present with Linda Goode Bryant, scheduled for 2022.

Olivia Ardui is an art historian, writer and curator interested in performativity and dramaturgy in visual arts and dance. Ardui is currently Assistant Curator at Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP), where she works closely with the museum’s collection and display, and on Histories of Dance and related publications.

Julia Bryan-Wilson is the Doris and Clarence Malo Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at UC Berkeley, an Adjunct Curator at the Museu de Arte de São Paulo, and is also the Director of the UC Berkeley Arts Research Center.

About the Visual Activism series: How has visual culture played a role within the social movements of the last several decades, such as #BlackLivesMatter and Extinction Rebellion? How, we might ask, is activism made visible; how does it erupt (or disappear) with collective fields of vision? Drawing upon Black South African queer photographer Zanele Muholi’s term “visual activism” as a flexible rubric that encompasses both formal practices and political strategies, this series interrogates visual cultures of dissent, resistance, and protest. 

Visual Activism is sponsored in part by a Creative Discovery Grant from UC Berkeley’s Arts + Design Initiative.