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LOOK 101: Seeing Art in an Instagram World

The Art of Ruth Leonela Buentello

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Geared toward undergraduate students and focusing on the current exhibitions at the Institute for the Humanities, this contemporary series of discussions offers a fresh take on the basics of looking and evaluating art in the gallery and how it’s organized, making the connection from the traditional “white cube gallery” to iGen visual worlds like Facebook and Instagram.Today: The Art of Ruth Leonela Buentello with Institute for the Humanities curator Amanda Krugliak.

About Ruth Leonela Buentello's exhibition "Yo Tengo Nombre":
This series of paintings was inspired by the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy and the images of migrant families being separated and detained at the US-Mexico border that dominated media outlets across the nation since the summer of 2017. The exhibition also includes nearly 100 I.D. photos of migrant children from a Texas holding center. Buentello took the photos in 2014 while working for an intake agency.

"Focusing on images from the US media sources that exposed the violence of migrants’ dehumanization, vulnerability, fear, loss, and criminalization, the paintings document the embodiment of state-authorized brutality and erasures of personhood." -Ruth Leonela Buentello

This project is funded by a grant from the Efroymson Family Fund.
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