Latin American Speaker Series 2014: Mari Carmen Ramírez


lacapDetails: The Latin American Speakers Series is curated by Tamara Toledo and presented by Latin American Canadian Art Projects. Our theme for 2014 is Activating Art as we reference various strategies artists and curators have proposed to alter and manage internal and external realities. Performance artist Regina José Galindo (Guatemala), educator and artist Pablo Helguera (Mexico/New York), curator Mari Carmen Ramírez (Puerto Rico/Houston), and community artist Judy Baca (Mexican/Los Angeles) have been asked to share their work through lectures, audio-visual presentations and discussions.


When: Thurs., Mar. 20,  7–8 pm
Where: East Common Room, Hart House
Cost: Free



Mari Carmen Ramirez is the first director of the International Center for the Arts of the Americas, based at the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston). Prior to joining the Museum of Fine Arts she was curator of Latin American Art at the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin, where she was also adjunct lecturer in the Department of Art and Art History. Ramírez has also served as Director of the Museo de Antropología, Historia y Arte de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, at the Río Piedras campus. She received her PhD in Art History from the University of Chicago in 1989. Ramírez has curated numerous critically praised exhibitions of Latin American art. She is also Chief Editor for the Yale University Press book series Critical Documents of 20th-Century Latin American and Latino Art. In 2005, Ramírez was the recipient of the Award for Curatorial Excellence granted by the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. That same year, TIME magazine named her one of “The 25 Most Influential Hispanics in America.” In 1997 she received the Peter Norton Family Foundation Award for Curatorial Excellence.


Partners: Justina M. Barnicke Gallery; the MVS Program at the University of Toronto; Prefix ICA; Community Arts Practice (CAP) Program of the Faculty of Environmental Studies and Visual Arts Department at York University and OCAD University.


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