Past Event

Donna Huanca in Conversation with Cecilia Fajardo-Hill

  • November 2, 2019 | 2pm

British Venezuelan curator and art historian, Cecilia Fajardo-Hill and Bolivian American artist, Donna Huanca, will be in conversation, discussing ideas not only embedded in, but embodied by OBSIDIAN LADDER, including spirituality, ritual, the feminine, diaspora and institutional power structures. Through looking at historical female artists, specifically from South America, whose practices grappled with similar ideas, Fajardo-Hill explains the context in which Huanca’s work is rooted, allowing for a dialogue around the various layers of OBSIDIAN LADDER, from collaboration to material to performance. How does Huanca directly address the complicated position of the feminine today and where does it leave us?

This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.

Seating is first-come, first-served; please arrive early to claim your seat. Five minutes prior to the start of the event, available seats will be released to those guests in the stand-by line and seating is not guaranteed once the event begins.

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General Admission to the galleries is included with your Event Admission.

About Cecilia Fajardo-Hill

Cecilia Fajardo-Hill is a British/Venezuelan art historian and curator in modern and contemporary art, specialized in Latin American art. She holds a PhD in Art History from the University of Essex, England, and an MA in 20th Century Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, England. Fajardo-Hill was co- curator of Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985, the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, 2017; Brooklyn Museum, New York, and Pinacoteca, Sao Paulo, 2018. She is co-curating the upcoming touring exhibition XicanXperimental, Phoenix Museum, 2021. She is co-editor of a book on 20th and 21th – century Guatemalan art, an initiative of Arte GT 20/21 and Cultural Agents Initiative of Harvard University, and the editor of Remains – Tomorrow: Themes in Contemporary Latin American Abstraction. She is Research Scholar at the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, Los Angeles. Fajardo-Hill has published and curated extensively on contemporary Latin American and international artists.

About Donna Huanca

Born in Chicago, Donna Huanca studied painting at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, and the University of Houston in Texas. OBSIDIAN LADDER is Donna Huanca’s first major solo exhibition in the United States. She has previously had museum exhibitions at the Zabludowicz Collection in London, United Kingdom (2016), the Yuz Museum in Shanghai, China (2018), the Belvedere Museum in Vienna, Austria (2018), and Copenhagen Contemporary, Denmark (2019). Huanca lives and works in Berlin.