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The Ruby is a catalyst for creativity and a home for making art at Duke.
Date & Time
March 22, 2019 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Free; no RSVP required. Everyone welcome.
Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center
2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States

Esther Gabara—professor of Romance Studies and Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke—is the guest curator for Pop América, 1965-1975, an exhibition developed by Duke’s Nasher Museum (in collaboration with the McNay Art Museum in Texas). The exhibition “features nearly 100 works by a network of Latino/a and Latin American Pop artists connecting Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico and the United States, introducing new historical frameworks that will reshape debates over Pop’s political neutrality, social inclusiveness and aesthetic innovations in the United States.” It will be on display at the Nasher from February 21 through July 21, 2019.

For her Ruby Friday talk, Gabara will speak about the exhibition and the work that made it possible—a large public humanities research project, which involved undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and collaboration with international universities and museums. A notable feature of the exhibition’s development was a portfolio of three courses offered in the Spring Semester of 2018, which gave Duke undergraduates the opportunity to pursue independent and collaborative research in the arts.

About Ruby Fridays

Ruby Fridays are casual art talks offered at noon most Fridays during the semester in the Rubenstein Arts Center’s Ruby Lounge. Speakers include Duke faculty and students who are creating or exhibiting work in the Ruby, visiting artists from far and wide, and local creatives. Learn about the amazing art being created on Duke’s campus, the behind-the-scenes aspect of the creative process, careers in the arts, and more. A free lunch is included!

About the Speaker

Esther Gabara works with art, literature, and visual culture from modern and contemporary Latin America. Central issues in her research are the relationship between ethics and aesthetics, theories and practices of non-mainstream modernisms, and representations of race and gender. Her teaching in the departments of Romance Studies and Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University covers visual theory, Latin American modernism, photography, Pop Art, Mexican feminism, and contemporary art and cultural production in the Americas. Currently she is working on a book manuscript, “Non-Literary Fiction: Invention and Interventions in Contemporary Art of the Americas,” preparing an exhibition on Pop Art in the Americas, and researching the contemporary articulation of the colonial relationship between Latin America and Spain through the prism of art, economics, and immigration.


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