Tonel: Self-Portrait of the Artist as an Organic Intellectual
Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017, 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Osher Lecture Hall
800 Chestnut Street
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Tonel: Self-Portrait of the Artist as an Organic Intellectual | November 28
Graduate Lecture Series

This talk will present an overview of Tonel’s work as a visual artist, focusing on a segment of his production from the late 1980s and up to the present. Notions of self-portraiture and of the potential of artworks to engage with historical and political issues will be addressed, alongside Antonio Gramsci’s concept of the ‘organic intellectual’, and some of the Italian thinker ideas regarding the role of the artist in any given socio-economic environment.

Tonel is an artist, critic, and curator who shares his time in Canada and Cuba. He has exhibited extensively including at the Havana, Sao Paulo, Berlin, and Venice biennials. His texts on Cuban and Latin American contemporary art have been published regularly in Cuba and elsewhere. More recently he has published “From the Genius in the Mountain to the Party in the Dark: Art, Cinema, and Cultural Politics at the Beginning of the Cuban Revolution” in Breathless Days, 1959 – 1960, Serge Guilbaut and John O’Brian (Eds.) Durham: Duke University Press, 2017.

“Commerce,” 2014; Mixed media installation with sound; Installation detail, 8th Berlin Biennial, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany, 2014; Dimensions variable
Credit: Courtesy of Tonel