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Thu
Oct 14
6:00pm7:00pm
Facebook Live Event / Virtual Event

Coco Fusco: The Right to Have Rights

Presented by the U-M Arts Initiative, Center for World Performance Studies and Penny Stamps Speaker Series

This program will be webcast on the main Penny Stamps Series page and at dptv.org/pennystamps. You can also watch the talks and join the conversation on the Penny Stamps Series Facebook page.

New York based artist, writer and scholar Coco Fusco presents a virtual talk entitled The Rights to Have Rights. In this talk, Fusco will present research on Cuban artists confronting the state, and work dealing with repressed histories of the revolutionary era in Cuba. This talk will be followed by a Q&A moderated by U-M Professor Larry La Fountain-Stokes (American Culture, Latino/a Studies, Romance Languages and Literatures and Women and Genders Studies).

Coco Fusco is an interdisciplinary artist and writer. She is a recipient of a 2021 American Academy of Arts and Letters Arts Award, a 2021 Latinx Artist Fellowship, a 2018 Rabkin Prize for Art Criticism, a 2016 Greenfield Prize, a 2014 Cintas Fellowship, a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2013 Absolut Art Writing Award, a 2013 Fulbright Fellowship, a 2012 US Artists Fellowship and a 2003 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts. Fusco's performances and videos have been presented in the 56th Venice Biennale, Frieze Special Projects, Basel Unlimited, two Whitney Biennials (2008 and 1993), and several other international exhibitions. Her works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Walker Art Center, the Centre Pompidou, the Imperial War Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona. She is represented by Alexander Gray Associates in New York. She is a Professor of Art at Cooper Union.

Fusco is the author of Dangerous Moves: Performance and Politics in Cuba (2015). She is also the author of English is Broken Here: Notes on Cultural Fusion in the Americas (1995), The Bodies that Were Not Ours and Other Writings (2001), and A Field Guide for Female Interrogators (2008). She is the editor of Corpus Delecti: Performance Art of the Americas (1999) and Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self (2003). She contributes regularly to The New York Review of Books and numerous art publications.

Fusco received her B.A. in Semiotics from Brown University (1982), her M.A. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University (1985) and her Ph.D. in Art and Visual Culture from Middlesex University (2007).

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This program is organized by the Center for World Performance Studies and presented in partnership with the U-M Arts Initiative and the Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series with support from UMMA.