Public Lecture by Laura Anderson Barbata, the 2016-2017 Estelle Lebowitz Endowed Visiting Artist on November 1, 2016. This lecture was in conjunction with the 2016-2017 Estele Lebowitz Endowed Visiting Artist Exhibition, "Laura Anderson Barbata: Collaborations Beyond Borders" on view at the Douglass Library from September 6-December 16, 2016.
Laura Anderson Barbata's work focuses on participatory art initiatives that document communities and traditions, using storied art forms as platforms for social change, contemporary performance, group participation, and protest. Her collaborative and ongoing transdisciplinary works have been initiated in places such as the Amazon of Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, Norway, USA, and Mexico. Her practice intertwines traditional and contemporary mediums, so-called "fine art", popular art, and craft and folk customs forging links between the past and present, as well as the individual and community. Barbata's work is included in numerous private and public collections, among them, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City; and Landesbank Baden-Wurttemberg, Stuttgart, Germany.
Laura Anderson Barbata, Born in Mexico City and based in New York City. Professor at the Escuela Nacional de Escultura, Pintura y Grabado La Esmeralda of the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, México. Her transdisciplinary work has received grants and awards from Bellas Artes and FONCA. Since 1992 has worked primarily in the social realm, and has initiated projects in the Amazon of Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, Norway, the USA, and Mexico. Her work is included in various private and public collections, among them the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, the Museo de Arte Moderno Mexico City, and Landesbank Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart, Germany.
Miembro del Sistema Nacional de Creadores, FONCA-CONACULTA, México.