February 19-Dr. Beatriz Rodríguez Balanta, Assistant Professor of Art History, Southern Methodist University
Dr. Beatriz Rodríguez Balanta received her PhD in Romance Studies from Duke University, where she focused on the visual and literary mechanisms used to refurbish racial and social hierarchies in Brazil and Colombia in the aftermath of the abolition of slavery for her dissertation Realism, Race and Citizenship: Four Moments in the Making of the Black Body, Colombia and Brazil, 1853–1907. Having recently arrived in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex as Assistant Professor of Art History at Southern Methodist University, Dr. Balanta offers interesting insights into the work of Yinka Shonibare MBE, currently featured in the Modern’s exhibition FOCUS: Yinka Shonibare MBE, for this Tuesday Evenings presentation titled "Paradox, Excess and Complicity": Yinka Shonibare and the Conceptualization of (Post?) Colonial Experience.
The spring series for Tuesday Evenings at the Modern begins February 12 and ends April 23. These lectures and presentations by artists, architects, historians, and critics are held in the Modern's auditorium and begin at 7 pm. Free admission tickets (limit two) can be picked up at the Modern's information desk beginning at 5 pm on the day of the lecture. Seating begins at 6:30 pm and is limited to the first 250 ticketholders. A live broadcast of the lectures is shown in Café Modern for any additional guests. The Museum galleries remain open until 7 pm on Tuesdays during the series (regular gallery admission charge applies).
Café Modern is open for dinner on Tuesday nights during the lecture series. Enjoy a fine dining experience before or after the lecture; seating is available from 5 pm to 8:30 pm. For reservations, call 817.840.2157 or visit www.themodern.org/cafe.
Yinka Shonibare MBE, Scramble for Africa, 2003. 14 life-size fiberglass mannequins, 14 chairs, table, and Dutch wax printed cotton. The Pinnell Collection.