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Art History Society

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Join the Art History Society Thursday, April 26th, from 6:00–7:00 PM in Elvehjem for an evening with Ako Castuera and Rob Sato! It's a rare opportunity to meet and talk with the esteemed artists before their workshops the following day for the Applied Comics Kitchen!

Drawing from familiar, domestic and popular forms such as textiles, toys, strip malls and talismans, Ako’s work is both accessible and unexpected. A native Angeleno rooted in the rich intangible and material culture of her Okinawan and Mexican background, Ako's works are in conversation with intersectional subcultures as well as the American mainstream. Her sculptures and paintings have been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States, and her work can also be seen in the popular animated television show, “Adventure Time,” for which she was a storyboard artist and writer.
–Courtesy of artist website.

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Rob Sato makes complex, idiosyncratic work that explores diverse themes often related to memory and transformation. He is best known for his unique, often large scale watercolor paintings and paper sculpture made in an organic style that is both wildly loose and meticulously detailed. An inventive and category-defying artist, he layers autobiographical, historical, and fantastical narratives together to create thought-provoking works that traverse the realms of absurdity, humor, horror and beauty. His work has been featured in Giant Robot Magazine, Hi Fructose, Juxtapoz, and New American Paintings.
–Courtesy of artist.

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Event Date
L170, Conrad A. Elvehjem Building
Black Women/Racism by Vanita Green, 1971.
Black Women/Racism by Vanita Green, 1971.

Public AHS Lecture by Rebecca Zorach: The Time is Now! Art and Political Movements in Chicago, 1965-1975

Artists in the late 1960s and early 1970s put their artistic training in the service of political movements for self-determination and political change, envisioning an art by and for "the people." The challenges they faced and the strategies they tried remain relevant today. This talk chronicles key artistic creations and events of the period, but also highlights debates in which cultural workers grappled with differing positions on community, self-expression, and critique in their efforts to find the best way forward. ​It will also address parallels with current issues and the ways the challenges artists of the 1960s/70s faced remain relevant today.

Rebecca Zorach is the Mary Jane Crowe Professor in Art and Art History at Northwestern University. She teaches and writes on early modern European art, contemporary activist art, and art of the 1960s and 1970s. Particular interests include print media, feminist and queer theory, theory of representation, the Black Arts Movement, and the multiple intersections of art and politics. Her books include The Passionate Triangle (2011), Blood, Milk, Ink, Gold: Abundance and Excess in the French Renaissance (2005). She co-edited The Wall of Respect: Public Art and Black Liberation in 1960s Chicago (2017) with Abdul Alkalimat and Romi Crawford.

Funding provided by the University Lectures General Fund and the Associated Students of Madison viewpoint neutral grant, with generous support from UW-Madison Department of Art History.

Event Date
Elvehjem Building L150