Professor Roberto Tejada, Curator and Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor at the University of Houston, and Negarra A. Kudumu, Frye Art Museum Manager of Public Programs, will engage in a discussion about the current exhibition Manuel Álvarez Bravo: Mexico’s Poet of Light, contextualizing Álvarez Bravo’s practice within the artistic, social, and political realities of early-twentieth-century Mexico, and situating the artist amongst his Mexican, Latin American, and European Surrealist contemporaries.
Professor Roberto Tejada
Roberto Tejada is the Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor in Creative Writing and Art History at the University of Houston. He is the author of National Camera: Photography and Mexico’s Image Environment (2009); a monograph on pioneering Chicana conceptual artist Celia Alvarez Muñoz (2009); and such catalog essays as “Los Angeles Snapshots” in Now Dig This!: Art and Black Los Angeles, 1960-1980 (Hammer Museum, 2011); as well as poetry collections that include Full Foreground (2012), Exposition Park (2010), Mirrors for Gold (2006), and Todo en el ahora (2015). He founded and co-edited the journal Mandorla: New Writing from the Americas, a multilingual annual of poetry and translation (1991-2014). His poetry and creative research develop the relationship between sight, display, public speech, and spectacle; he is at work on a trans-American project that examines specific art scenes of 1960s–70s Los Angeles, 1980s–90s Mexico City, and present-day São Paulo.
All Disciplines, Arts-Related, Photography