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CANCELED - Studio Lecture Series: Coco Fusco

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Oshman Hall, McMurtry Building


As a precautionary measure in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Department of Art and Art History is canceling certain upcoming programs, and temporarily closing both the Stanford Art Gallery and Coulter Art Gallery. We appreciate your understanding during this time. Please visit for the latest information. 

The Department of Art and Art History's Studio Lecture Series presents Coco Fusco. In this artist’s talk, Fusco will screen her 2018 film To Live in June with Your Tongue Hanging Out (24 minutes), and discuss several recent video works that reflect on the turbulent relationship between poetry and politics in Cuba.

To Live in June with Your Tongue Hanging Out explores the legacy of Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas, whose works were largely banned within the country because of his open homosexuality and politically dissident views. To this day, his novels and poems are absent from Cuban libraries, bookstores, and schools. In 1974, when hiding as a fugitive in Havana’s Lenin Park, Arenas drafted his memoir, Before Night Falls. Fusco returns to this site, now in a state of near-ruin, to restore a sense of historical memory.

Coco Fusco is an interdisciplinary artist and writer based in New York whose work explores the politics of gender, race, war, and identity. Fusco's work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, the Walker Art Center, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, and the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art. She is also a recipient of a 2018 Rabkin Prize for Art Criticism. Her latest book, Dangerous Moves: Performance and Politics in Cuba (Tate Publications, 2015), is a survey of contemporary life and culture in Cuba told through some of its most daring experimental artists. 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). Learn more about her work here

More details to come.

Sponsored by the Millicent Greenwell Clapp Fund for Studio Art

Image: Coco Fusco, 2018. Photo by Ross Collab.

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