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Coco Fusco

The Right to Have Rights

A woman wearing glasses stands before the ocean.

Thursday, October 14, 2021
6:00 pm


Virtual Event


Penny Stamps Speaker Series
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Open to the public
Free of charge

New York based artist, writer and scholar Coco Fusco presents a vir­tual talk enti­tled The Rights to Have Rights. In this talk Fusco will present research on Cuban artists con­fronting the state, and work deal­ing with repressed his­to­ries of the rev­o­lu­tion­ary era in Cuba. This talk will be fol­lowed by a Q&A mod­er­ated by U‑M Pro­fes­sor Larry La Foun­tain-Stokes (Amer­i­can Cul­ture, Latino/​a Stud­ies, Romance Lan­guages and Lit­er­a­tures, and Wom­en’s and Gen­der Studies).

Coco Fusco is an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary artist and writer. She is a recip­i­ent of a 2021 Amer­i­can Acad­emy of Arts and Let­ters Arts Award, a 2021 Lat­inx Artist Fel­low­ship, a 2018 Rabkin Prize for Art Crit­i­cism, a 2016 Green­field Prize, a 2014 Cin­tas Fel­low­ship, a 2013 Guggen­heim Fel­low­ship, a 2013 Abso­lut Art Writ­ing Award, a 2013 Ful­bright Fel­low­ship, a 2012 US Artists Fel­low­ship and a 2003 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 rep­re­sented by Alexan­der Gray Asso­ciates in New York. She is a Pro­fes­sor of Art at Cooper Union.

Fusco is the author of Dan­ger­ous Moves: Per­for­mance and Pol­i­tics in Cuba (2015). She is also the author of Eng­lish is Bro­ken Here: Notes on Cul­tural Fusion in the Amer­i­cas (1995); The Bod­ies that Were Not Ours and Other Writ­ings (2001); and A Field Guide for Female Inter­roga­tors (2008). She is the edi­tor of Cor­pus Delecti: Per­for­mance Art of the Amer­i­cas (1999) and Only Skin Deep: Chang­ing Visions of the Amer­i­can Self (2003). She con­tributes reg­u­larly to The New York Review of Books and numer­ous art publications.

Note: This event will be streamed live. It will not be recorded or avail­able after its orig­i­nal air­date and time of Octo­ber 14, 2021 at 6pm. 

How to Watch

This Penny Stamps Speaker Series event will pre­mière on Octo­ber 14, 2021 at 6pm and can be viewed on this page, at dptv​.org, or on the Penny Stamps Series Face­book page.

Pre­sented with sup­port from Cen­ter for World Per­for­mance Stud­ies, Arts Ini­tia­tive, and UMMA. Our Fall 2021 Series is brought to you with the sup­port of our part­ners, Detroit Pub­lic Tele­vi­sion and PBS Books.