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Truly great works of art enter our collective consciousness, their significance shifting and taking on additional complexity over time. This panel discussion will explore the tension between scholarly, artistic, and personal experiences of Picasso’s 1937 masterpiece Guernica. The variety of remakes of this monumental work is one key focus of the exhibition After Picasso: 80 Contemporary Artists, from Art & Language’s Pollockesque mash-up to Gary Hume’s minimal My Guernica. The discussion will enter into the spirit of reimagining Guernica with a multimedia lecture by Spanish-born, Los Angeles–based artist Patricia Fernández Carcedo on her personal experiences of Guernica, a reproduction of which was a central object in her family home (pictured above). Fernández Carcedo’s talk will be framed by short presentations by art historians Lisa Florman and Daniel Marcus, linguist Rebeka Campos-Astorkiza, and classicist Richard Fletcher on other elements of Guernica’s backstory and its tremendous influence.
Cosponsored by Ohio State’s Department of History of Art and Department of Spanish and Portuguese.
Patricia Fernández Carcedo is an artist who lives and works in Los Angeles. She studied at the Saint Martins College for Art and Design, London, and received her BFA from UCLA and her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. Her work uses walks, archives, ephemera, objects, and paintings to explore ideas of memory and history across personal and political narratives.
Lisa Florman is chair of and professor in Ohio State’s Department of History of Art. Her primary interests are in modernism, the history of art history and, above all, the intersection of the two. She has written widely on the art of Picasso and in 2014 contributed an essay to the exhibition catalogue for Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection.
Rebeka Campos-Astorkiza is associate professor of Hispanic linguistics in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Ohio State and works on phonetics and phonology, both from a theoretical and an experimental perspective. She is a native of the Basque Country and is engaged in outreach projects that explore cultural, political and social issues in contemporary Spain.
Richard Fletcher is an associate professor in the Department of Classics at Ohio State. He works on a range of topics in ancient Greek and Roman philosophy and literature and has developed several collaborations and projects that connect classics with contemporary art, including his blog Minus Plato: Classics and Modern/Contemporary Art.
Daniel Marcus is visiting assistant professor of modern and contemporary art history at Oberlin College and a PhD candidate in the History of Art at UC Berkeley. His work explores the friction between modernism and modernity in twentieth-century art. In a recent essay, he has written on the spatial logic of aerial bombardment as it informed Picasso’s Guernica.
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