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Reclaiming the Streets: Arts of Solidarity in Moments of Crisis

Monday, Oct. 14, 2019    7–8:30pm

Join us for a conversation with poet Marjorie Agosin (Wellesley College) and historian Edward Murphy (Michigan State University) moderated by Mark Auslander, Director of the Michigan State University Museum addressing the political context of the Southern Cone. Learn more about the oppressive social, political, and cultural conditions of the General Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship (1973 – 1990) in Chile and other countries in the region through the art and dissident expression created by those who lived it. Operating in a climate of fear and censorship, these artists used art to make visible the difficulty of everyday life under military rule and commemorated those “disappeared” by the military and security forces. They approached the body and the street as a political space to express subversion and resistance.

This co-sponsored program invites visitors to learn more about the parallel exhibitions on view at museums: Between Absence and Presence: The Arpilleras Movement in Chile, on view through November 30, 2019 at the Michigan State University Museum and The Edge of Things: Dissident Art Under Repressive Regimes, on view through January 5 at the MSU Broad.

Interested in more? Check out Envisioning Hope: The Story of the Chilean Arpilleras.

Please plan to arrive early before the event. Doors will open at 6:30pm and visitors are encouraged to explore the exhibition.

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