Artist Talk with Juan Capistran
Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Free and Open to the Public
Los Angeles-based artist Juan Capistran considers his art practice to be a form of visual “bootlegging.” Inspired by the practice of illicitly recording and distributing music, Capistran appropriates canonical artworks and transforms them through literary and music references. In his exhibition What We Want, What We Believe: Towards A Higher Fidelity, his process yields visual anthems of resistance that speak to the political realities of marginalized communities in the United States.
His talk will address his past work, as well as his experience creating new work for the VAC.
About the Artist
Juan Capistran is a multimedia artist, born in Guadalajara, Mexico and currently living and working in Los Angeles. He earned a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design in 1999 and an MFA from the University of California at Irvine in 2002. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the Bronx Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Museo Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City, and 12th Istanbul Biennial among many others.
What We Want, What We Believe: Towards A Higher Fidelity is co-sponsored by John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, Department of Art and Art History, Center for Art of Africa and its Diasporas (CAAD),Center for Latin American Visual Studies (CLAVIS). Additional support for the lecture comes from the Center of Mexican American Studies.
Presented in collaboration with the Department of Art and Art History and in conjunction with the exhibition What We Want, What We Believe: Towards A Higher Fidelity, on view January 31 – March 8