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April 27 The City is Ours, the Body is Mine: Urban Spatial Practices in Contemporary Latin America

This day-long interdisciplinary conference examines contemporary engagements with the city as a tool and stage for protest throughout major Latin American cities. The conference culminates in a joint keynote lecture by Paola Berenstein Jacques and Fabiana Dultra Britto (both Federal University of Bahia), and an intervention in the James Gallery by the Rio-based collective Opavivará.
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Cosponsored by The Center for The Humanities; The Rewald Endowment, the PhD Program in Art History; the Committee on Globalization & Social Change; and the Doctoral Students’ Council (DSC).



10:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Martin E. Segal Theatre, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016




Opening Remarks
Claire Bishop, Executive Officer, PhD Program in Art History
Liz Donato, Mya Dosch, Luisa Valle, Conference co-organizers

10:15-12:15 – Panel #1: Insurgent Bodies, Subaltern Spaces

Prison Notebooks and the City of Palaces, Mexico 1960-71
George Flaherty, Assistant Professor, Art History and Associate Director, Center for Latin American Visual Studies, Department of Art and Art History, University of Texas at Austin

Epic Narratives, Gendered Experiences: Mobilizing Personal Lives in a Collectivist Project
Sujatha Fernandes, Associate Professor, Sociology, Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York

Cartoneros and the Spaces of Buenos Aires
Agnese Codebò, PhD Candidate, Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures
Columbia University

Discussant: Joaquín Barriendos, Assistant Professor, Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures, Columbia University

12:15-1:15 – Lunch Break

1:15-3:15 – Panel #2: Urban Interventions, Ephemeral Poetics

A Sign of the Times: Cuevas’s Ephemeral Mural and the Zona Rosa as Site of Artistic Intervention
Arden Decker, PhD Candidate, Art History, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Drawings on the city map: The later urban interventions of 3Nós3
Erin Aldana, Independent Curator and Scholar

Embodying Hispañola: Urban Performance On and Around the Dominican-Haitian Borderland
Abigail Lapin, Doctoral Student, Art History, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Open Sky Museums in City Streets: Urban Murals and Graffiti in Santiago, Chile
Guisela Latorre, Associate Professor, Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
The Ohio State University

Discussant: Anna Indych-López, Associate Professor of Art History, the City College of New York and The Graduate Center, CUNY and Department Chair, the City College of New York, CUNY

3:15 – 3:30
– Coffee Break

3:30 – 5:00  – Panel #3: Strategic Occupations, Re-signified Spaces

Freeway Takeovers: Vícam, East Los, and Resistance to Assimilation through Urban Disruption
Troy Kokinis, PhD student, Latin American History, University of California, San Diego and Jael Vizcarra, PhD student, Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego

Expropiating the machinery of femininity: Poetic-political practices of resistance of Brukman female workers
Nicolás Cuello, Professor, Art History, Universidad Nacional de La Plata in Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Sleek Torre and the Makeshift Rancho: Rhizomatic Collisions in Caracas’ Torre David
Clara Irazábal, Director of the Latin Lab and Assistant Professor of Urban Planning
Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University

Discussant: Marta Gutman, Associate Professor and Director of History & Theory
Spitzer School of Architecture, The City College of New York and The  Graduate Center, CUNY

5:00 – 5:45
– Closing Keynote

Urban Corpographies: Body and City Co-implications
Paola Berenstein Jacques, Director of Laboratório Urbano, Department of Architecture and Urbanism, Federal University of Bahia, Salvador, Brazil and Fabiana Dultra Britto, Pro-Rector of Public Outreach, Federal University of Bahia, Salvador, Brazil

Intervention by the collective Opavivará
In the bays outside of the James Gallery, 5th Avenue and 35th Street

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