Conference / Symposium

Building Aesthetics of Protest

Sponsored by Geballe Workshops Series through the Stanford Humanities Center, the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, and the Stanford Arts Institute.


Friday, October 23, 2020
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
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The third event of the “Arts + Justice” Geballe Workshop Series, “Building Aesthetics of Protest” will host artists and scholars Stephanie Syjuco and Gina Hernandez for a wide-ranging conversation about art and its relation to the practice of protest. In what ways does art activate and sustain the resistance on display in the world today? What shapes and forms does dissent take? How do collective movements inform artistic priorities in turn? Stanford art historian Rose Salseda will moderate this vital discussion of public art, public space, and the aesthetic life of social justice.

A Stanford alumna Gina Hernandez-Clarke ‘88 develops arts programs for undergraduates and supports faculty and departments in expanding arts courses at Stanford. Gina received an MFA from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television. She is also a graduate of the Smithsonian Institution Latino Center’s Museum Studies Program. She currently teaches courses in Latino visual and public art in Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity (CSRE) at Stanford. As Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts, from 2001-2011 Hernandez-Clarke developed and implemented over 20 visiting artist residency projects with artists of color. In March, 2011 she joined the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE) in the position of Director of Arts in Undergraduate Education which she held until transitioning to the D-CEL role.

Stephanie Syjuco works in photography, sculpture, and installation, moving from handmade and craft-inspired mediums to digital editing and archive excavations. Using critical wit and collaborative co-creation, her projects leverage open-source systems, shareware logic, and flows of capital, in order to investigate issues of economies and empire. Recently, she has focussed on how photography and image-based processes are implicated in the construction of racialized, exclusionary narratives of history and citizenship. Born in the Philippines in 1974, Syjuco received her MFA from Stanford University and BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She is the recipient of a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship Award, a 2009 Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Award, and a 2020 Tiffany Foundation Award. A long-time educator, she is an Associate Professor in Sculpture at the University of California, Berkeley. She lives in Oakland, California.

Professor Rose Salseda [moderator] is an assistant professor in the Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University. Specializing in the fields of African American and U.S. Latinx art, and with a research background in the art of the African Diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean, Professor Salseda’s research explores the politics of race, identity, and representation. Her first book, Unrest: An Art History of the 1992 Los Angeles Riots, reveals how artists have challenged racially polarizing media portrayals and accounts of the 1992 uprising and underscored the complex intergenerational, cross-racial, and immigrant experiences of anti-Black racism and xenophobia in the United States. In addition to her scholarly work on uprisings, Professor Salseda has interests in the intersections of visual art with underground and popular music as well as the strategies of appropriation used by Black and Brown American artists to critique discrimination and inequities in society.

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