The Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston and the Moody Center for the Arts invite you to join an artist talk with Filipino-American artist Stephanie Syjuco, a featured artist in the Moody's fall exhibition States of Mind: Art and American Democracy.
Filipino-American artist Stephanie Syjuco (b. 1974) explores how color, creed, and citizenship are performed by those who aspire to be seen as actors in the political spectrum. Across a variety of visual languages that merge artistic disciplines of installation, sculpture, craft, and photography with broader cultural forums of fashion, flags, commerce, and online image sharing, she surveys the way populations are both imagined and obscured by the culture and technology of seeing. Syjuco explains that as an immigrant to America, “I’ve had to myself construct an identity based on a collage of visuals and influences, each telling me what I am supposed to culturally be.” In today’s polarizing socio-political environment where one’s ethnicity is taken to presume their identity, Syjuco examines the continued negotiation between so-called universal standards and the dialects of difference.
This event is free and open to the public. To receive the Zoom link, register here.
This event is co-presented by the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston and the Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University.
Stephanie Syjuco: The Visible Invisible is on view at the Blaffer through January 9, 2021.
States of Mind: Art and American Democracy is on view at the Moody through December 19, 2020.