Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Confronting Coloniality: The Black Arts Movement & the Argentinean Neo Avant-Garde. A roundtable discussion with Cogut Visiting Professor Agustín Díez Fischer

Diez Fischer Confronting Coloniality

Thursday, February 22, 2024

12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

List Art Center, 423

About the Roundtable
In 1968, Tucumán Arde [translation: Tucumán is burning] denounced the social and economic crisis in the province of Tucumán in Argentina that resulted from the policies of the dictatorial government of Juan Carlos Onganía (1966–70). Considered one of the most well-known events in Latin American cultural history, Tucumán Arde’s strategies were initially misread from the perspective of European and North American conceptualism. Using archival documents, this paper will present another perspective that focuses on an international exchange between the neo-avant-garde art scene in Argentina and the Black Arts Movement in the United States.

About the Speaker
Visiting Cogut Professor Dr. Agustín Díez Fischer received his Ph.D. in Art History and Theory in 2017 from the Department of Philosophy and Literature at the University of Buenos Aires, where he teaches Latin American Art. He has curated various exhibitions, among them The Words of Others: León Ferrari and Rhetoric in Times of War along with Ruth Estévez and Miguel López for the Getty Foundation's Pacific Standard Time LA/LA. He is director of the Centro de Estudios Espigas (Espigas Research Center) in Buenos Aires, an archive focused on Argentinean art that is part of the Escuela de Arte y Patrimonio at the Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM) and affiliated with the Espigas Foundation. Díez Fischer has received many grants and fellowships, including the Terra Foundation Travel Grant, the Program in Latin American Studies Visiting Research Scholar, and Visiting Assistant Professor at Princeton University.

Photo: Tucumán Arde en Buenos Aires, 1968 (Firestone Library, Princeton University)