Visiting Artist: Roberto Lugo - A Platform Public Lecture
March 1, 2018 at 5:30pm
Greater Denton Arts Council
400 E Hickory St
Free and open to the public
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Roberto Lugo Bio:
I am a potter, social activist, spoken word poet, and educator. All of these roles are rooted in my childhood. Having had no formal music or art training, I often practiced table drumming and writing hip-hop lyrics as it was customary to “battle rap” during lunch Instead of art class, I drew in my composition book and marked every wall that I could. “Graffiti” was a way to get my name into the community, to attain a local fame.
Today my graffiti is defacing social inequality. I teach communities to make mosaic murals to honor victims of gun violence. I see my pottery as a process of transforming the ground we walk on into something we eat from; we search all day for the perfect spot to put it on display. In many ways, this transformation of tragedy into triumph is a metaphor for my life’s story.
My experiences as an indigent minority inform my version of Puerto Rican American history. With my education in critical theory, art education, art history, and studio art I have developed a studio practice that fluidly communicates with diverse audiences. I bring art to those that do not believe they need to see it and engage in deeper ways of knowing, learning and thinking.
Read more about Roberto Lugo on his website.
The UNT Department of Studio Art PLATFORM speaker series invites contemporary artists, critics, and curators whose work is fueled by critical discussions around marginalized voices and narratives. Free and open to the university community and beyond, PLATFORM events often collaborate with other cultural institutions and departments and centers on campus. In addition to a public lecture, speakers meet with students in individual and/or seminar settings providing additional contact & deeper conversations.
- UNT Department of Studio Art
- TWU Department of Visual Arts
- Greater Denton Arts Council
- UNT Clay Guild
Studio Art Dept Chair