Public Forum: Art at the Border


Art at the Border

Public Forum with guest curator and artists

How have artists recently responded to the geography, politics and culture of the U.S./Mexico border? How do artists and curators work together to realize a project? Witness and participate in this discussion to find out.

Curator Kate Bonansinga, founding director of Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at The University of Texas at El Paso, is interested in museums as dynamic sites for learning, and in the current methods that artists employ to make a difference in society and culture. She currently serves as Director of the School of Art, College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning at the University of Cincinnati.


Alejandro Almanza Pereda earned his BFA from the University of Texas at El Paso and is currently an MFA student at Hunter College. His work has been shown in the U.S., Berlin, and London.

Tania Candiani from Mexico received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2012. Her work has been included in scores of group shows around the world, from Mexico City, to Los Angeles, Madrid and Warsaw.

RSM (Rodrigo Guzmán) earned his MA from the University of New Mexico focusing on communication and rhetoric of contemporary art and is currently studying Semiotics at the University of Tartu in Estonia. His recent artistic work focuses on experimental music and the interaction between art, science and technology.

Adrian Esparza received his BFA from The University of Texas at El Paso and his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. He has recently shown at the Istanbul Art Biennale and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

SIMPARCH is a flexible group who engage in projects that are part art, part architecture and part amateur engineering. Its two principal partners are Steven Badgett and Matt Lynch. Their work has been shown in the Whitney Biennial and Documenta XI in Germany.


IMAGES: Margarita Cabrera, John Deere Tractor #790 (#1), 2007, clay, slip paint, latex acrylic and metal hardware, 100 x 60 x 96 inches, photo courtesy Margarita Cabrera Studios; panelists Kate Bonansinga, Alejandro Almanza Pereda, Tania Candiani, RSM, Adrian Esparza, SIMPARCH