Contesting Freedom: "Pop América, 1965–1975” Curator Conversation with Esther Gabara: Block Museum - Northwestern University
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Contesting Freedom: "Pop América, 1965–1975” Curator Conversation with Esther Gabara

POp america
6. Felipe Ehrenberg, Caja no. 25495 (Box no. 25495), 1968. Acrylic on wooden box with marbles, 39.37 x 31.49 x 4.33 inches (100 x 80 x 11 cm). Collection of the Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC) de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico City. Courtesy of Reina María de Lourdes Hernández Fuentes
6 PM

Event Details

Date & Time:

Wed October 2, 2019
6 PM


The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208


Open to the public


maxresdefault-1.jpgThe ground-breaking exhibition Pop América draws attention to Latin American and US Latino/a artists who turned the “Pop” of Pop art into a verb by using familiar images of modern life—including mass media, fashion, food, and advertising—to make forceful interventions into art and society. Audience members will have a chance to hear directly from Esther Gabara, curator of  Pop América, about the politics of Pop as well as the artists from across the hemisphere who shared dreams and struggles over the idea of a singular América.

Gabara is E. Blake Byrne Associate Professor of Romance Studies and Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University. She will be joined in conversation by Alejandra Uslenghi, Northwestern Associate Professor of Spanish & Portuguese and Comparative Literary Studies, and Daniel Quiles, Assistant Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

This program is presented in partnership with the Northwestern University Department of Spanish and Portuguese.


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Press Coverage

The Daily Northwestern
Pointing to the title of “Pop América,” the exhibition’s curator Esther Gabara reveals a message behind the accent over the letter ‘e’. “It declares independence from the United States’ long presumption of ownership of the world, as well from the troubled history of the idea of Latin America,” said Gabara.”
Aaron Wang, October 3, 2019