Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Danforth Lecture Hall, Aron Art Center
Favianna Rodriguez is a printmaker and digital artist based in Oakland. Using high-contrast colors and vivid figures, her composites reflect literal and imaginative migration, global community, and interdependence. Whether her subjects are immigrant day laborers in the U.S., mothers of disappeared women in Juárez, Mexico, or her own abstract self portraits, Rodriguez brings new audiences into the art world by refocusing the cultural lens. Through her work we witness the changing U.S. metropolis and a new diaspora in the arts.
Rodriguez is renowned for her vibrant posters dealing with issues such as war, immigration, globalization, and social movements. She has lectured widely on the use of art in civic engagement and the work of artists who, like herself, are bridging the community and museum, and the local and international. Rodriguez's has worked closely with artists in Mexico, Europe, and Japan, and her works appear in collections at Bellas Artes (Mexico City), The Glasgow Print Studio (Glasgow, Scotland), and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles).
This lecture is co-sponsored by the Ethnic Studies Department, Mills College Art Museum, and Mills College Mujeres Unidas.