Latin American Photography Roundtable

January 23, 2020

About the event

This roundtable 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. 

Rosângela Rennó is a Brazilian artist currently living and working in Rio de Janeiro. Distinguished by her innovative, often politically charged presentations, Rennó appropriates and transforms archival photographic material into larger compositions, often in the form of installations or photographic books. Interested in the imperfection of memory and photography, both of which are fragmentary and approximate lived experience, Rennó has been the subject of solo exhibitions at MoCA-Los Angeles (1996); Rencontres Internacionales de Arles (2005); Centro de Fotografía de Montevideo CdF (2011); ArtesMundi Prize - Cardiff (2008); Centro de Arte Moderno - Gulbenkian Foundation (2012); FotoWinterthur Museum (2012). She has participated in numerous international group shows, as well as Biennials in Sao Paolo (1994, 1998), and Venice (1993, 2003).

James Oles is a specialist in Latin American art, focusing on modern Mexican art and architecture, through museum as well as academic projects. He divides his time between the US and Mexico: he is Senior Lecturer in the Art Department at Wellesley College, and in 2002 was appointed adjunct curator of Latin American art at the Davis Museum. His books include South of the Border: Mexico in the American Imagination, 1914-1947 (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1993), Art and Architecture in Mexico (Thames & Hudson, 2013), and Art_Latin_America: Beyond the Survey (Davis Museum, 2019). His current projects include Mexichrome: Color and Photography in Mexico, the first major history of color photography in Mexico, which opens at the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes in August 2020, and Diego Rivera's America, organized by SFMOMA, opening October 2020. 

Jeff Rosenheim is the Joyce Frank Menschel Curator in Charge of the Metropolitan Museum’s Department of Photographs. Rosenheim joined the Metropolitan Museum in 1988. The author of ten books on Walker Evans, Jeff is the steward of the Walker Evans Archive, which the Metropolitan acquired in 1994. He is also the custodian of the Diane Arbus Archive, acquired by The Met in 2007. Rosenheim has a BA in American studies from Yale University, and an MFA in photography from Tulane University. He has lectured extensively, curated numerous exhibitions, such as Photography and the American Civil War (2013), and published essays on a wide range of artists including Carleton Watkins, Thomas Eakins, Walker Evans, Helen Levitt, Robert Frank, Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander, William Eggleston, and Stephen Shore.