On Monday, December 2nd, 2013, Cuban-American interdisciplinary artist and critic Coco Fusco lectured at The Wolfsonian-FIU. Fusco is based in New York but has lectured, exhibited, and curated at institutions across the globe. She has received a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2013 Fullbright Fellowship, a 2012 US Artists Fellowship, and a 2003 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts. Her work has been shown at two Whitney Biennials, the Shanghai Biennale, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona, among other prominent institutions and events. Fusco is the author of English is Broken Here: Notes on Cultural Fusion in the Americas and A Field Guide for Female Interrogators. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Semiotics from Brown University, her Master of Arts in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University, and her Ph.D. in Art and Visual Culture from Middlesex University. Invited by Dr. Alpesh Kantilal Patel, Assistant Professor and Director of the MFA Program, to speak at The Wolfsonian-FIU, Fusco discussed her recent work in relation to current trends in performance in the contemporary art world. Fusco combines performance and electronic media in her art practice. She has presented her performances in a wide range of locales, from theatres and galleries to shopping malls and various internet platforms. “Because I am engaged with time-based media I do play with narrative in my work. Some of my projects address social issues and political concerns,” said Fusco. However, Fusco is not interested in producing agit prop art. “I am always thinking about how to create an intriguing aesthetic experience for my audience, how to suggest new ways of imagining what art can be and what it can do.”
In regards to her visit to The Wolfsonian-FIU, Fusco, as she expected, successfully interacted with the university’s students and faculty. “When I visit art schools, I always have a free-spirited conversation with younger artists and…members of the faculty….I enjoy [it].”
This article was written with the help and guidance of Coco Fusco.