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Alfredo Jaar: It is Difficult Keynote Performative Lecture 

Great Hall
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To kick off the Association of the Historians of American Art Symposium, we invite you to a keynote performative lecture by artist, architect, and filmmaker Alfredo Jaar. Open to the public and drawing from Jaar’s work, artistic practice, and experiences, this presentation promises to be informative and insightful.

Free, tickets required. Reserve your spot online or by calling Guest Services at (479) 657-2335 today.

Brightly lit image of the US map with declaration “THIS IS NOT AMERICA” on top
Alfredo Jaar, A Logo for America (still frame) [Digital animation commissioned by The Public Art Fund for Spectacolor Sign, Times Square, New York, April 1987], 1987, digital animation, overall dimensions vary with installation, duration: 38 seconds. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, © Alfredo Jaar / Licensed by Galerie Lelong & Co.

About the Speaker

Alfredo Jaar

Alfredo Jaar is an artist, architect, and filmmaker who lives and works in New York. His work has been shown extensively around the world. He has participated in the Biennales of Venice (1986, 2007, 2009, 2013), Sao Paulo (1987, 1989, 2010, 2021) as well as Documenta in Kassel (1987, 2002).

Important individual exhibitions include The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (1992); Whitechapel, London (1992); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (1994); The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (1995) and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome (2005). Major recent surveys of his work have taken place at Musée des Beaux Arts, Lausanne (2007); Hangar Bicocca, Milan (2008); Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlinische Galerie and Neue Gesellschaft fur bildende Kunst e.V., Berlin (2012); Rencontres d’Arles (2013); KIASMA, Helsinki (2014); Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK (2017) and SESC Pompeia, Sao Paulo (2021).

The artist has realized more than seventy public interventions around the world. Over sixty monographic publications have been published about his work. He became a Guggenheim Fellow in 1985 and a MacArthur Fellow in 2000. He received the Hiroshima Art Prize in 2018 and the Hasselblad Award in 2020.


His work can be found in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art and Guggenheim Museum, New York; Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; MOCA and LACMA, Los Angeles; MASP, Museu de Arte de São Paulo; TATE, London; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Nationalgalerie, Berlin; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Centro Reina Sofia, Madrid; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; MAXXI and MACRO, Rome; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlaebeck; Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art and Tokushima Modern Art Museum, Japan; M+, Hong Kong; and dozens of institutions and private collections worldwide.