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Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 7:00pm



The Usefulness of Art: Tania Bruguera in conversation with Noah Simblist

Meadows Prize Winner Tania Bruguera will discuss her most recentprojects, Immigrant Movement International and Arte Útil in thisevent co-sponsored by Meadows School of the Arts and CADD(Contemporary Art Dealers Dallas).

Tania Bruguera is a Cuban-born interdisciplinary artist who hasworked with behavior art, performance, installation and video­.Her work has been featured in Documenta 11 in Germany and in theVenice, Johannesburg, Sáo Paolo, Shanghai and Havana biennials.In March 2011, Bruguera began a five-year social project,Immigrant Movement International, the first year of which wassponsored by Creative Time and the Queens Museum of Art. IMInternational functions as a think tank for immigrant issues;from its storefront headquarters in Corona, Queens, Bruguera andother staff and volunteers offer free educational, artistic andconsciousness-raising activities to a community of immigrants.Bruguera is a proponent of "arte útil" (useful art), meaning artthat can be implemented in people¹s lives in ways that addresssocial and political problems. She is now embarking on a newproject with the Queens Museum and Van Abbemuseum in theNetherlands, culminating in the transformation of the oldbuilding of the Van Abbemuseum into the Museum of Arte Útil.

Noah Simblist, an Associate Professor of Art at SouthernMethodist University, works as a writer, curator, and artist witha particular focus on art and politics in Israel-Palestine. Hiscuratorial projects include Yuri’s Office by Eve Sussman andthe Rufus Corporation at Ft Worth Contemporary Arts, Out of Placeat Lora Reynolds Gallery, Tamy Ben Tor at Testsite, and QueerState(s) at the Visual Arts Center. He was also on the curatorialteam for the 2013 Texas Biennial. Writing projects includeSetting Sail: The Aesthetics of Politics on the Gaza Flotilla,for Art Papers, The Art of Forgetfulness, the Trauma of Memory:Yael Bartana and Artur Zmijewski for Transmission Annual, afeature about the work of Dor Guez for ARTPULSE as well asinterviews with Khaled Hourani, Omer Fast, Jill Magid, WaleadBeshty and Nicholas Schaffhausen. This past summer he was a guestblogger for Art21, reporting from Venice, Beirut, Tel Aviv andRamallah.