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Cecilia Vicuña: Performance and Reading

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (CDT)

Cecilia Vicuña: Performance and Reading

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In conjunction with Ellen Rothenberg’s exhibition at Spertus Institute, Cecilia Vicuña presents a series of performances and interventions on movement, migration, and human rights. Vicuña is a poet, artist, filmmaker and activist whose work often addresses pressing concerns of the modern world including ecological destruction, human rights and cultural homogenization.


Spertus Institute has commissioned a site-specific installation by internationally-acclaimed, Chicago-based artist Ellen Rothenberg. Entitled ISO 6346: ineluctable immigrant, it will be on view in the Institute’s Ground Level Gallery through April 22, 2018. With this work, Rothenberg prompts visitors to consider connections between past and contemporary issues of migration. The project is inspired by objects and documents that Rothenberg uncovered in the Spertus collection — as well as research she pursued in Berlin at Germany’s largest refugee camp, currently housed in the monumental Tempelhof Airport, a disused site that was originally designed and built by the Nazis.


Presented by the Poetry Foundation in partnership with Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

 




Cecilia Vicuña was born and raised in Santiago de Chile. She has been in exile since the early 1970s, since the military coup in which president Salvador Allende was overthrown. Vicuña's multidimensional works begin as a poem, an image that morphs into a film, a song, a sculpture, or a collective performance. These ephemeral, site-specific performance installations combine ritual and assemblage. She calls this impermanent, participatory work “lo precario” (the precarious), a bridge between art and life, the ancestral and the avant-garde. In Chile she founded the legendary Tribu No in l967, a group that created anonymous poetic actions in Santiago. In l974, when living in London, she co-founded Artists for Democracy to oppose. Her art has been exhibited at The Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Santiago; The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) London; The Whitechapel Art Gallery in London; The Berkeley Art Museum; The Whitney Museum of American Art; and MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art in New York. It was included in Documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel, Germany, 2017. She divides her time between Chile and New York.

Image: Performance by Cecilia Vicuña. Photo courtesy Cecilia Vicuña.

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Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership
610 S. Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (CDT)


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Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership offers dynamic learning opportunities, rooted in Jewish wisdom and culture and open to all. Graduate programs and workshops train future leaders and engage individuals in exploration of Jewish life. Public programs include films, speakers, seminars, concerts, and exhibits — at the Institute’s Michigan Avenue facility, in the Chicago suburbs, and online.

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