Mariola Alvarez is an Assistant Professor of Art History, modern and contemporary Latin American art in Tyler School of Art at Temple University. In her talk, Alvarez introduces the Rio de Janeiro-based art movement Neoconcretism, a Brazilian group composed of artists and poets in the 1950s and 1960s. Alvarez focuses specifically on an understudied aspect of this group’s art production: dance. Two members of the group collaborate to produce two dance performances using only geometric forms. These dances of geometry explore the potentialities of abstraction as a form of expressive embodiment, while simultaneously a mechanical constraint. To make this argument, Alvarez analyzes the relationship between the Neoconcretists and the political and social history of Brazil from the 1950s to 1960s.
A collection of lectures featuring particularly prominent speakers, many of whom are guests to the university.