Spring 2017 Arts Colloquium Conversations: Cruz Ortiz

Date(s) and Time of Event: 

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 5:00pm


UCSB’s Embarcadero Hall in Isla Vista

UCSB Department of Art + College of Creative Studies

Spring 2017 Arts Colloquium Conversations

The UCSB Department of Art and College of Creative Studies present Spring 2017 Visiting Artist Colloquium and Curatorial Conversations. The program offers a wide range of voices in dialogue, exploring the topics of contemporary art, theory, and cultural production by emerging and established visiting artists, as well as members of UCSB's own campus faculty and graduate students. Presentations will take place each Thursday, from April 6 through June 8 2017All lectures are free and open to the public, held each Thursday from 5:00 to 6:50pm in UCSB’s Embarcadero Hall in Isla Vista. For directions to location, please visit UCSB campus map


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Artist, San Antonio, Texas

in residence: Take Part / Make Art @ Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara

Introduction - Lucy Holtsneider, graduate student, Department of Art, UCSB 

Respondent - Audrey Lopez, Curator of Community Engagement, MCASB

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Inline image 2"Realizing that Santa Barbara is an epicenter of extreme mixing of cultures, I wanted to create a mobile machine that produces images, texts, and sound as though it were on a mission. That mission is to introduce and connect communities. This [project] is not about discovery, it is about the opportunity to communicate basic human expressions through art.”  –Cruz Ortiz

Based in San Antonio, TX, Cruz Ortiz uses print, performance and film to address issues related the bicultural landscape of South Texas. His particular visual language fuses classical art with contemporary pop culture references such as taco trucks, country music, and romantic poetry.

El Johnny the Satellite is a musical, printmaking bicycle that will serve as Ortiz’s project for for takepart | makeart: arte para todos. Born out of an observation that Santa Barbara is comprised of a number of unique cultural communities, El Johnny the Satellite creates connection points for these seemingly disparate linguistic, sociocultural, and geographic elements of the city’s history and present. El Johnny the Satellite will pop up all over the Waterfront district in March and Isla Vista neighborhood in May. 


For info on TP/MA program @ MCASB


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