Third Annual Symposium of Latin American Art - Super/Natural: Excess, Ecologies, and Art in the Americas - April 19-20, 2018
The Institute of Fine Arts
1 East 78th Street
New York City

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Super/Natural: Excess, Ecologies, and Art in the Americas
Third Annual Symposium of Latin American Art

Presented by the Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA) and the Rewald Endowment and co-sponsored by The Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY

Thursday April 19
Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue
Segal Theatre
2:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Friday, April 20
The Institute of Fine Arts, NYU
1 East 78th Street
Lecture Hall
10:00 am - 7:30 pm
Live-streaming here:

On September 19, 2017, an earthquake struck central Mexico, devastating many cities. Responding to the disaster, a government employee stated, “It’s like Sodom and Gomorrah, like God is angry at us.” Just one day later, Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, destroying natural landscapes and human infrastructure throughout the island. Carmen Yulín Cruz, the Mayor of San Juan, said, “I’ve never seen devastation like this. The human spirit is going to have to rise up real high.” These comments highlight the power of nature to overwhelm human comprehension. Rooted in a positivist paradigm, modern Western thinking pits “man” and “nature” in a competitive duality, each posturing for subordination and control. However, there are many other ways to imagine such relations. By presenting multidisciplinary case studies from a diverse group of scholars, this symposium seeks to open a conversation about the role of cultural production in understanding and complicating our relationship with the environment. The proceedings will historically situate these narratives while keeping in mind current debates on climate change and sustainability throughout the Americas. In what ways do artists engage with and intervene in nature and the land to create extraordinary perspectives? Under what conditions do spiritual practices related to nature and land become visualized in art? When, if ever, are we forced to intervene in the natural world, and what are the risks of such endeavors?

With keynote lectures by Daniela Bleichmar, Associate Professor of Art History and History, University of Southern California; and Eduardo Kac, artist and Professor of Art and Technology Studies, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

The symposium is organized by current PhD candidates Brian Bentley, Gillian Sneed, Juanita Solano Roa, Danielle Stewart, and Madeline Murphy Turner, PhD student Horacio Ramos, and M.A. student Julián Sánchez González; in conjunction with Anna Indych-López, Katherine Manthorne, and Edward J. Sullivan
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