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The Ruby is a catalyst for creativity and a home for making art at Duke.
Date & Time
September 6, 2019 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Free; open to all.
Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center
2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States

Drop by the Ruby on Friday at noon for a casual art talk and free lunch to learn about the behind-the-scenes aspect of the creative process, careers in the arts, and more.

In this Ruby Friday talk, artist Daniel Aguilar Ruvalcaba guides us through the relationship between economics, desire and contemporary art through the metaphor of a turtle. “This talk will depart from Achilles and the Tortoise paradox as a precise description of how human desire works. As Achilles we project our desires into an object, a turtle, which we are constantly trying to reach, but always fails since we are too close or too far and never in the same place,” says Aguilar Ruvalcaba. For those interested, the artist’s presentation will be immediately followed by a trip to his exhibition, Who Owns Poverty in México?, in Gallery 235 at the Ruby.

About the Speaker

Image by Daniel Aguilar Ruvalcaba.

Visiting artist Daniel Aguilar Ruvalcaba (México, 1988) explores the connections, tensions and disputes between images, economics, and desire. He uses drawing, sculpture, video and performance as the medium to frame his utopian hypotheses. By pointing out the links that art has with other social fields—especially with economics—he is also trying to affect sensitivity in order to transform our understanding of reality. For him, socially engaged art means that the artist is a producer of social relations; to make art is a political act, and it is class struggle in the imagination.

Aguilar Ruvalcaba will be in visiting Duke from Mexico City from September 1–15, 2019.

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