The exhibition Appearance Stripped Bare: Desire and the Object in the Work of Marcel Duchamps and Jeff Koons, Even stems from the idea that although at first sight they can seem opposite artists, Duchamp and Koons questioned–each in their own way–the function of objects and the fascination for consumer goods. At the same time, they developed individual philosophies on desire and taste, and also proposed new ways of viewing art and the self. In this panel, guests will explore—as these two artists did in their own work—relationships between sexuality and the culture of consumption, and will also examine the way in which artists participate in the new economies of desire.

Coordinated by María Minera.

Guests: Graciela Speranza, Irmgard Emmelhainz, José Luis Barrios, Néstor García Canclini

Irmgard Emmelhainz earned her BA in art history from the Universidad de las Américas-Puebla (2001), and her MA in art history, criticism and theory from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a concentration in experimental cinema (2003) supported by Fulbright-García Robles and Fundación Jumex grants. From 2003 to 2009 she realized her doctorate at the art department of the University of Toronto where she focused on the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, with the support of the prestigious Connaught grant. Since fall of 2012 she teaches critical theory at the Escuela Nacional de Escultura, Pintura y Grabado La Esmeralda and since 2014 she teaches documentary cinema in CENTRO. She has published Alotropías en la trinchera evanescente: estética y geopolítica en la era de la guerra total (BUAP 2012), La tiranía del sentido común: la reconversión neoliberal de México (Paradiso, 2016), El cielo está incompleto, cuadernos de viaje en Palestina (Taurus, 2017) y Jean-Luc Godard’s Political Filmmaking (Palgrave-Macmillan 2019).

Néstor García Canclini is Distingueshed Professor at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico and emeritus researcher with the Sistema Nacional de Investigadores. He has been visiting professor in Austin, Duke, New York, Stanford, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, and Sao Paolo universities. He has received the Guggenheim Fellowship and other international awards, among them the Book Award from the Latin American Studies Association for Hybrid Cultures. His main publications have been translated to English, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Korean. In 2014 he was awarded the National Prize for Arts and Sciences in Mexico. Currently he studies the relationship between anthropology, aesthetics, reading, creative strategies, and cultural networks of the young generation. His most recent publication is a fiction, Pistas falsas (False clues) de Sexto Piso.