Conflict is as central to human experience as love. In this virtual and participatory gallery conversation, led by Austen Walker and Jesús M. Maldonado Treviño, reflect on artworks that explore the nature of strife.
Austen Walker (they/them) is a summer intern in the Art Institute’s Department of Learning and Public Engagement. They are a senior at the University of Rochester, where they study anthropology, particularly queer anthropology, and research the construction of (trans)gender in virtual performance spaces. They have taught children and teens on many topics, from feminist theory and poetry to calculus and chemistry. They also write short fiction; their work spans many genres, but always falls into the realm of queer identity and family.
Jesús M. Maldonado Treviño is a summer intern in the Department of Learning and Public Engagement. Jesús holds a BA in English and global studies from Lawrence University. His poetry has appeared in print and online in fsm. and Bramble. For the last few years, he has been a tutor for writing and Spanish and has worked as a teaching assistant for the Spanish department at his university. He looks forward to continuing his professional and educational development through this year’s internship program at the Art Institute of Chicago.
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