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McKelvey School of Engineering

Activating the Spectator by Reshaping the Aesthetic Field

Saturday, October 10 | 11:00 AM

Virtual Event

As part of this fall's "In Conversation" series, join us for a live online lecture, "Activating the Spectator by Reshaping the Aesthetic Field: Op, Kinetic, and Participatory Art in Latin America," by Alexander Alberro, Virginia Bloedel Wright Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History at Barnard College, in which he will explore the development of research-based artistic practices that fused art with mathematics, science and technology in the late 1950s and early 1960s in Latin America. 

Meredith Malone, associate curator at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, and Ignacio M. Sanchez Prado, Jarvis Thurston and Mona Van Duyn Professor in the Humanities, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and the Latin American Studies Program at Washington University in St. Louis, will serve as respondents.

This lecture is presented in conjunction with the exhibition "Multiplied: Edition MAT and the Transformable Work of Art, 1959–1965"

The program will feature live closed captions in English.

Questions are encouraged and will be answered live. This program is free, but registration is required. Register here >>

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations, Exhibits


Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts


Arts & Culture



Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum
Event Contact

Laura Foughty | lfoughty@wustl.edu

Speaker Information

Alexander Alberro is the author and editor of numerous books. He is presently completing a book-length study, "The Shape of Contemporary Art," that focuses on the transformation of the infrastructure of contemporary art in the new geography of globalization. He is also the founding editor of the book series “Studies on Latin American Art” at the University of California Press, which commissions publications of art history and cultural practices emerging from Central and South America, the Caribbean and the Latin American diaspora in the 20th and 21st centuries.

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