Cuauhtémoc Medina: History Repeats Itself…Otherwise, It Wouldn’t Be History

Cuauhtémoc Medina: History Repeats Itself…Otherwise, It Wouldn’t Be History

Lecture: Tuesday, June 24, 7:30 pm

REDCAT hosts a lecture with Cuauhtémoc Medina, art critic and chief curator of Mexico City’s Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC). 

Medina explains, “History has stopped being about historical memory, and has been occupied instead by short-term memory. Things are only historical if we can experience them, only ancient if we can wear them on the weekend.”  

Medina will analyze the popularity of historical reenactment as a tool to approach the absolute primacy of the notion of “experience” in the formation of subjectivity in contemporary culture. He will borrow concepts from Karl Marx and Gilles Deleuze to contextualize art works by Jeremy Deller, Fernando Bryce and filmmaker and writer Olivier Debroise, considering the “experience of the historical.”

Following the presentation, Medina will participate in a discussion with REDCAT Gallery Director and Curator Ruth Estévez and writer, artist and art historian Miguel A. López.

Cuauhtémoc Medina is an art critic, curator and historian with a PhD in History and Theory of Art, University of Essex. Since 1993 he has been a full-time researcher at the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, and between 2002 and 2008 was the first Associate Curator of Art, Latin American Collections at the Tate Modern. He is currently Chief Curator at the MUAC Museum in Mexico City.

This lecture is part of a series of public programs leading to upcoming project Palabras Ajenas at REDCAT, a proposal that revisits Argentine artist León Ferrari’s 1965 landmark piece of the same name. The research and curatorial line of this project includes a series of lectures and presentations that contextualize Ferrari’s work historically and further investigate his processes and working methodology and related topics and issues.

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