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Javier Téllez and Beverly Adams in Conversation

January 15, 2020

About the event

This discussion was presented in conjunction with the exhibition Pan y Circo: Appease, Distract, Disrupton view at ANOTHER SPACE through February 19, 2020. Taking its title from the popular Roman expression, the exhibition examines the work of international artists from the late 19th century to the present and their fascination with the world of circus, most often as a tool for political and social critique. 

Javier Téllez is a New York based artist born in Venezuela. His work explores institutional dynamics, disabilities and mental illness as marginalizing conditions. Téllez’ work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao (2018), Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester (2018); the San Francisco Art Institute (2014); Kunsthaus Zürich (2014); SMAK, Ghent (2013) and Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (2011). He has participated in group exhibitions at MoMA PS1, New York; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Castello di Rivoli, Torino; and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, as well as documenta 13, Kassel, Germany (2012); the Whitney Biennial, New York (2008) and Venice Biennale (2001 and 2003).

Beverly Adams is MoMA’s recently appointed Estrellita Brodsky Curator of Latin American Art. While previously curator of Latin American art at the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin, Adams curated “Words/Matter: Latin American Art and Language” (2019), and co-curated the traveling exhibition, “The Avant-Garde Networks of Amauta: Argentina, Mexico, and Peru in the 1920s” (2019). Before the Blanton, Adams was curator for the Diane and Bruce Halle collection and organized exhibitions of the collection at the Phoenix Art Museum (2013), the Aspen Institute (2010), and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2007). She also taught 20th-century Latin American art history at Arizona State University. 

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