Artist Salon Webinar: Art in Times of Crisis, Part II

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  • Posted: August 25, 2020

    Above: Auguste-Hyacinthe Debay, General Bonaparte Visiting the Plague-Stricken at Jaffa, 1823. Below: Presenter Jairo Salazar.

    Viruses, Plagues, Illnesses, and Pandemics in Art

    In partnership with Mobil Art School, RAGA presents a second chapter of Jairo Salazar’s exploration of the way artists have reacted to times of crisis.

    In the midst of a global pandemic, the question that emerges among many is how to give face to something that seems invisible. The uncanny threat brought by a pandemic confronts us with the sublime idea of mortality, and poses the paradox of not being able to visualize something in an era where societies were used to photograph everything (via selfies, snaps, etc.). How can art help us recognize and cope with the fear of a microscopic threat?  How have artists historically expressed or reacted to the uncertainty of an illness? From Buffalmacco’s fresco The Triumph of Death (1336-1341), to Blast Theory’s eerily premonitory A Cluster of 17 Cases (2018), the webinar will dive this time into artistic practices that have embodied the challenges posed by plagues, viruses, and other illnesses.

    Join in the live online session for discussion and Q+A opportunities. Registration required.

    About the Presenter:
    Jairo Salazar earned his M.A. in art history from the University of North Texas in 2008. His background includes teaching and research experience in the fields of modern and contemporary art history in the United States, Colombia, and Canada. His academic research is devoted to exploring the dialogical intersections between war, catastrophe, and trauma reflected in contemporary art practices.  Currently he works as art instructor for Coquitlam College and Mobil Art School, and volunteers for the City of New Westminster Museum and Archives. 


    The Artist Salon Series features free monthly artist talks and professional development workshops for visual artists.
    Program sponsored by the City of Richmond Arts, Culture and Heritage Services.

    In response to the current global health pandemic, Richmond Art Gallery Association has launched our public programs online to encourage dialogue and connection in the era of physical distancing. Everyone is invited to join through the webinar platform Zoom.
    New to Zoom? Learn how to participate in a webinar here » 

    Above: Auguste-Hyacinthe Debay, General Bonaparte Visiting the Plague-Stricken at Jaffa, 1823. Below: Presenter Jairo Salazar.
    WATCH: From art history to contemporary art to comic books, see how artists from past to present depict and respond to illness in part two of "Art in Times of Crisis," by Art historian Jairo Salazar of Mobil Art School.


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