Department of Art and Art History Calendar

"The Art and Crisis of the Cruzeiro in Cildo Meireles's Banknote Projects" a lecture by Dr. Elena Shtromberg

the brazilian currency, an iron rust color, the cruzeiro that's been altered

The Art and Crisis of the Cruzeiro in Cildo Meireles's Banknote Projects

Drawn from Art Systems: Brazil and the 1970s (University of Texas, 2016), this presentation will focus on a series of works with banknotes by the Brazilian artist Cildo Meireles. Throughout the 1970s, during the period of the military dictatorship, the artist had a number of projects where he employed currency both for circulating alternative and subversive information, as well as for poignant commentary on commercial and artistic value. With these works, Meireles adapted alternative systems of exchange for the conception and circulation of an artwork.
Dr. Elena Shtromberg

Elena Shtromberg is Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Utah. She specializes in modern and contemporary Latin American visual culture, with a specific focus on Brazil and the U.S.-Mexico border region. Her book, Art Systems: Brazil and the 1970s (University of Texas Press, 2016) explores visual forms of critique and subversion during the height of Brazilian dictatorship by tracing how the encounter of artistic practice with information and systems theories redefined the role of art in society. Her interdisciplinary research interests extend to gender and media studies, cultural studies, as well as communications, geography and postcolonial theory. She has been the recipient of grants from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Social Science Research Council and DAAD, among others. During her research leave in 2011-12 she was a guest scholar at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. She has also curated a number of exhibitions, the latest among them a co-curated screening of Contemporary Video Art from Latin America at the Getty Research Institute and In Motion – Borders and Migrations, encompassing a range of artistic manifestations along the U.S./Mexico border, co-curated for the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in Salt Lake City. Her latest project addresses the history of video art throughout Latin America and will culminate in an exhibition at LAXART (an alternative art space in Los Angeles) in September 2017 and will be followed by an edited volume of newly commissioned essays and translations of seminal historical texts .