Rest Ashore: A Virtual Roundtable with Arlene Dávila, Donette Francis, María Elena Ortiz, and Juana Valdes

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Via Zoom

Join us on Tuesday, October 20 at 4pm for a virtual roundtable with the artist, Juana Valdes. Tune in early at 3:45 for a screening of Valdes' Rest Ashore video! 

Rest Ashore functions as a point of departure for conversation about a number of interconnected, timely issues. The installation draws our attention to the varied experiences of Cuban migrants and how they relate to other migrations across water, including recent refugee crises. Bringing their expertise to this roundtable, the speakers will cover topics relevant to our current moment. Among them: the 1980s as a pivotal turning point in creating the Miami we know today; the racial politics of immigration and Latinidad; the growing Latinx movement and how it is centering multi-diverse, Black, and Brown identities; emerging, multi-disciplinary "Black Miami Aesthetics"; and the historical positioning of Latinxs in the art world. 

Featuring the artist in conversation with Arlene Dávila, Professor of Anthropology and American Studies at NYU and Founding Director of the Latinx Project; Donette Francis, Director of the American Studies Program and Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Miami and author of Looking for Black Miami; and María Elena Ortiz, Curator at Pérez Art Museum Miami.

Register for this roundtable here.  After registering, you will receive an email with a link to join the program.

Interview with Juana Valdes

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