Art as Critique


March 1, 2019

Event Description

The UC Berkeley Arts Research Center’s March’s conference on Arts as Critique seeks to prompt the question of the relationship between art and criticism from the standpoint of social and political exigencies of our times, thinking from and about the global margins and zones of acute transition often called the “Global South”–from Africa, Latin America, South East Asia, and the Middle East, to U.S. Latino, African American, Native American and Asian American communities.

Arts as Critique is interested in how feminist, queer, postcolonial/decolonial, postnational perspectives, and interventions call attention to, and reclaim, the political implications of art as critique beyond Eurocentric ramifications. What kinds of (un)belongings and displacement, figured through tropes of gendered, sexualized, ethnicized, and racialized vulnerability, could allow us to think (with) the limits and the resistant potential of art?


Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, Arts Research Center, UCHRI, the Department of History of Art Curatorial Initiative, Townsend Center for the Humanities, BCNM, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, D-Lab, and the Digital Humanities.