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Virtual Intersections: Authority



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  • Free, registration required

Luca Giordano

Authority impacts nearly every aspect of our lives. Whether it is our own authority, someone else’s, or the authority of an entity like an employer or the government (or an art museum), we are constantly navigating someone’s power. In this virtual Intersections, we will use artworks from the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the Art Institute of Chicago to explore the many facets of authority, and train ourselves to confront authority in our own lives.

This participatory program is facilitated by J. Gibran Villalobos, assistant curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and Sam Ramos, associate director of Innovation and Creativity at the Art Institute.

J. Gibran Villalobos is assistant curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. He is a faculty lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Department of Arts Administration and Policy. He has contributed to exhibitions presenting the work of Chicago artistic collectives and their relation to civic engagement. As part of an international project he has convened the MCA Chicago with the Tate Modern, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Queens Museum, and other institutions to create dialogue on civic engagement within contemporary art institutions. Gibran holds a BA in art history and a BS in public relations from Northern Arizona University and an MA in Arts Administration and Policy and MA in Modern Art History and Theory from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is a fellow from the Civic Leadership Academy at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.

Sam Ramos is associate director of Innovation and Creativity in the Department of Learning and Public Engagement at the Art Institute of Chicago. He teaches extensively in galleries, classrooms, and online on a range of topics including the politics of power, the ways in which art informs legal and medical practices, and issues of sentiment and everyday life. His fiction and essays have appeared in a number of publications in print and online including the Chicago Tribune, the Austin Chronicle, and Fiction magazine. He received both his BFA in Art History, Theory, and Criticism and his MFA in writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

We recommend using a laptop or desktop computer and downloading the latest version of Zoom to enjoy this program.

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