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Santiago Espinosa de los Monteros to Discuss Curatorial Efforts, Strategies to Stimulate Uncompromising Dialogues

The renowned curator and critic uses the power of curatorial practice to promote change in Latin America's complex reality.

What: “UNCOMFORTABLE DIALOGUES” lecture with Santiago Espinosa de los Monteros

Where: Fred Lazarus IV Center Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave., Baltimore

When: 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10 

Baltimore — Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is pleased to present “UNCOMFORTABLE DIALOGUES,” a lecture by Santiago Espinosa de los Monteros, as part of MICA’s Mixed Media Series.

Using the raw power of Teresa Margolles’ work What Else Can We Talk About? as a case study, renowned curator and critic Espinosa de los Monteros will explore curatorial efforts and strategies needed to stimulate uncompromising dialogues about Latin America’s most pressing sociopolitical issues — and how uncomfortable cultural manifestations can be used to engage the public and promote social awareness and change.

The event, which occurs at 6 p.m. March 10 in Lazarus Center, is free and open to the public.

MICA’s Mixed Media Series brings high-profile, globally recognized artists, designers, scholars, curators and educators working at the forefront of their fields to MICA’s campus for public talks, in-class presentations, studio critiques and other immersive activities with students and the community. 

The aim of the Mixed Media Series is to build important and imaginative public events that address the diversity of practice in our fields and the complex relationships between art, culture, identity, politics and belonging in the contemporary world.

Santiago Espinosa de los Monteros is a renowned curator and critic from Mexico City who has made a significant impact on the Mexican contemporary art scene since the 1980s. A graduate from Universidad IberoAmericana’s Journalism Department, Espinosa de los Monteros has contributed to the growth of the Latin American art since the early stages of his career through independent, institutional, governmental and educational work.  

Throughout the ’90s, he was the Mexican Cultural Attaché in Venezuela and Canada while actively writing criticism for major international publications such as Art Nexus in Colombia and Mexico’s La Jornada. 

Currently, Espinosa de los Monteros serves as the director of Visual and Performing Arts at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico City where he also directs the university’s Galeria Metropolitana. His most recent independent curatorial project, Francisco Icaza: Me quiero ir al mar (Francisco Icaza: I Want to Go to the Sea), was exhibited at Mexico City’s prestigious Palacio de Bellas Artes museum in 2019.