Allan deSouza: Coffee-Colored People (By The Score)
Presented by the Committee on Globalization and Social Change
Monday, March 5th, 2012 | 4.30 – 6.30 pm
The Skylight Conference Room (No. 9100) The CUNY Graduate Center 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016
Free and open to the public
Titled after the lyrics of a 1969 Blue Mink song, Melting Pot, which advocates obliterating difference as a utopian means of “getting along,” this talk–using examples from deSouza’s own artwork–will examine different artistic strategies of erasure, redaction, translation and recuperation, and will further consider cross-disciplinary solidarities between art practices and other fields of investigation. Whether official or oppositional, the very nature of art doesn’t allow it to be fully disciplined within existing structures and hegemonies, and this talk will consider what, if any, radical solidarities may be generated through art’s undisciplined possibilities.