An Evening with Mariana Ortega

    Fri, Dec 6, 2019, 7pm

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    The work of Mariana Ortega questions the notion of a univocal sense of self, suggesting what she calls a “multiplicitous selfhood.” In her seminal book In-Between: Latina Feminist Phenomenology, Multiplicity, and the Self, Ortega provides a forceful reading of Latina/x feminist phenomenology, including Gloria Anzaldúa, María Lugones and others. Ortega discusses the horizon of identification in a project of coalition building that acknowledges selves that are multiplicitous, ambiguous and contradictory. For her presentation at SculptureCenter, Ortega will discuss the main tenets of the book, including her conception of the self as liminal, its connection to the new mestiza, and her rigorous reading of the intermeshed construct of identification. She will elaborate on how art can further complicate and contribute to the formation of multiple conceptions of the self.

    This program is presented in conjunction with Searching the Sky for Rain, on view through December 16. This program is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required.

    About Mariana Ortega:
    Mariana Ortega's main areas of research and interest are Women of Color Feminisms, in particular Latina Feminisms, 20th Continental Philosophy, Phenomenology (Heidegger), Philosophy of Race, and Aesthetics. Her research focuses on questions of self, identity, as well as visual representations of race, gender, and sexuality. She has published in various journals including The Journal of Speculative Philosophy, International Philosophical Quarterly, Critical Philosophy of Race, Hypatia, Radical Philosophy Review, and philoSOPHIA. She is author of In-Between: Latina Feminist Phenomenology, Multiplicity, and the Self (SUNY, 2016) in which she presents a theory of multiplicitous selfhood informed by women of color theorizing, in particular Latina feminisms, and Heideggerian phenomenology. She is co-editor with Andrea Pitts and José Medina of Theories of the Flesh, Latinx and Latin American Feminisms, Transformation and Resistance (Oxford University Press 2019); she is also co-editor with Linda Martín-Alcoff of the anthology Constructing the Nation: A Race and Nationalism Reader (SUNY, 2009). Her current research is at the nexus of aesthetics, photographic theory, race, and the epistemology of ignorance She is the founder and director of the Latina/x Feminisms Roundtable (formerly the Roundtable on Latina feminism), a forum dedicated to discussions of Latina/x and Latin American feminisms.


    Searching the Sky for Rain is made possible with financial support from the Mondriaan Fund, the public cultural funding organization focusing on visual arts and cultural heritage. Additional support is provided as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.

    Lead underwriting support of SculptureCenter’s Exhibition Fund has been generously provided by the Kraus Family Foundation with additional support by Toby Devan Lewis.

    SculptureCenter’s programs and operating support is provided by the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the National Endowment for the Arts; Danielle and Drew Anderman; Andreas Beroutsos and Abigail Hirschhorn; Carol Bove and Gordon Terry; Irene and Allen Brill; Laren C. and Jesse M. Brill; Lee and Robert K. Elliott; Elizabeth and Adrian Ellis; Fred Wilson; the A. Woodner Fund; New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer; and contributions from our Board of Trustees and Director’s Circle. Additional funding is provided by the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation and contributions from many generous individuals.