Past Event


February 23, 2022
6:30 PM
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The Right to Have Rights: Black Cubans on the Frontline of Protest Against The State"
Coco Fusco, Cooper Union
Frank Guridy, Columbia University

COCO FUSCO,   Interdisciplinary Artist; Writer and Professor of Art-Cooper Union
FRANK GURIDY, Associate Professor of History & African American and African Diaspora Studies-Columbia University

The resounding success of the song Grammy award winning Patria y Vida has brought the racial dimensions of recent political unrest on the island into focus. Fusco will provide an overview of the racial dimensions of Cuba's political crisis, through an exploration of the work of Afro-Cuban artists, musicians and activists and an analysis of measures adopted by the Cuban government that negatively impact its Afro-descendant population.

Event presented via zoom - Registration is Required

The Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University
The Center for Ethnicity & Race at Columbia University

Speaker Bios

Coco Fusco is an interdisciplinary artist and writer. She is a recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim fellowship, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, Latinx Art Award, a Fulbright fellowship and a Herb Alpert Award in the Arts. Fusco's performances and videos have been presented in the 56th Venice Biennale, Frieze Special Projects, Basel Unlimited, two Whitney Biennials (2008 and 1993), and several other international exhibitions. Her works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Walker Art Center, the Centre Pompidou, the Imperial War Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona. She is the author of Dangerous Moves: Performance and Politics in Cuba (2015). She is represented by Alexander Gray Associates in New York. She is a Professor of Art at Cooper Union. Fusco is currently preparing new works for the next Sharjah Biennial and a solo retrospective that will open in 2023.

Frank Guridy is an Associate Professor of History and African American & African Diaspora Studies at Columbia University. His current research focuses on sport history, urban history, and the history of social movements. Before the publication of his recent book, The Sports Revolution, he wrote the award-winning Forging Diaspora: Afro-Cubans and African Americans in a World of Empire and Jim Crow (University of North Carolina Press, 2010) and co-edited Beyond el Barrio: Everyday Life in Latino/a America (NYU Press, 2010), with Gina Pérez and Adrian Burgos, Jr. His current book project, Between Conflict and Community: The Stadium in American Life (under contract with Basic Books), tells the story of the American stadium as a community institution that has been a battleground for social justice since its inception.

The event will be closed captioned. This event will be recorded and available on our YouTube channel

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