“Border, Land (Marfa, Aztlán)”
Wednesday, March 11, 5:15 pm
Josh T Franco, untitled (miniatures of Donald Judd, untitled (15 works in concrete)), part of Josh T Franco, Alison Kuo and Joshua Saunders, MARFITA,Co-Lab, Austin, Texas, October 2011. Photo (film still): Sean Gaulager.
Marfa, Texas promises much: to city-worn artists, respite; to undocumented border-crossers, another kind of rest stop; to artist-supporting institutions, an appealing locale to set up shop; to ranchers, ample land for grazing; to avid art-goers, a far-flung pilgrimage site; and to Chicanxs, one more parcel in Aztlán that in many ways remains unclaimed. This paper focuses on the latter. Aztlán is a territorial claim made by the Chicano Movement. At its most essential, Aztlán is the land ceded by Mexico to the United States in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Some in the Movement argue for this land’s repatriation. Chicana Feminists identify Aztlán as ideological production site for homophobic nationalism; rather than deserting Aztlán however, many have taken to queering it through visual art, performance, occupation, and literature. It is an embattled and living conceptual territory, the morphing of which this paper aims to further by situating Marfa within it.
Josh T Franco is a doctoral candidate in the Art History Department at Binghamton University.
Rem Koolhaas and Elia Zenghelis (with Madelon Vriesendorp and Zoe Zenghelis), Exodus, or the Voluntary Prisoners of Architecture: The Avowal, Cut-and-pasted photolithographs and gelatin silver photographs with ink and watercolor on paper, 1972.
On Saturday, March 14, Assistant Professor Julia Walker will deliver the faculty keynote address at Literature, Politics, and Aesthetics: Sites of Decay, the eighth annual graduate conference presented by the Binghamton University Department of Comparative Literature. Her talk is titled “Designing Decay: Rem Koolhaas’s Berlin.” For more information and the conference program, click here.
Nancy Um, an associate professor of art history at BU, speaks in the Old Union Hall. Um gave a lecture for the Harpur College Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series and spoke about the origins of coffee, as well as its economic and political influence. By Michael Sugarman, Pipe Dream contributing photographer.
Click here to read the Pipe Dream’s coverage of Associate Professor and Interim Chair Nancy Um‘s recent contribution to the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series, “A Mosque, a Tomb, and the Arabian Legacy of Coffee.”