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Lecture: Jonathan González

Great Hall
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This event has been rescheduled from its original date to February 3.

Join us in the Great Hall for a conversation with artist, scholar, and educator Jonathan González in connection with our cross-sited exhibition Entre/Between. González will introduce their performance work Perejil, on-view at the Momentary February 1–12, and give an in-depth look at the work, its themes, and the stories behind it all. Joining González for the conversation are Dr. Alexis Salas, endowed professor of the arts in the Americas in art history, and Dr. Xuxa Rodríguez, Assistant Curator, Contemporary Art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

A true intersection of art, academia, and performance, this conversation promises to be informative, fascinating, and entertaining.

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About the Speakers

Jonathan González

Jonathan González is an artist, scholar and educator working at the intersections of choreography. Their practice examines conditions that figure Black life through research-based processes synthesized through performance, pedagogy, and time-based media, usually generated collaboratively. Their writings have been published by Contact Quarterly, Cultured Magazine, deem journal, EAR WAVE EVENT, among others. In 2019, González was a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” nominee for Breakout Choreographer and their work ZERO (Danspace Project, St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, 2018) was nominated for a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for Outstanding Production. They have received fellowships from the Art Matters Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and have been an artist in residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, and Loghaven Artist Residency. More Info:


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Dr. Alexis Salas

Dr. Alexis Salas is an art historian of global modern and contemporary art, specializing in the Americas. Salas is an endowed professor of the arts in the Americas in art history at the University of Arkansas, with a specialization in Latin American and Latinx art and visual culture. Her creative, research, and teaching interests explore fine art, visual, and material culture with emphasis on voices of people of color as well as feminist and queer critique.


Dr. Xuxa Rodríguez

Dr. Xuxa Rodríguez

Xuxa Rodríguez, PhD (she/her/ella) is Assistant Curator, Contemporary Art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. A critical race and intersectional feminist art historian, Dr. Rodríguez is responsible for modern and contemporary American art spanning the areas of Latinx and Latin American art, African diasporic art, feminist and queer art, time-based media, and transnational artists. She joined Crystal Bridges in the spring of 2020.

Dr. Rodríguez’s 2022 exhibition projects include Loring Taoka ±, an artist installation for the museum’s contemporary artist project space, and Entre/Between, a multi-sited focus show dedicated to Latinx art and history in the permanent collection at Crystal Bridges with video and performances at the Momentary. She is also curator-on-the-ground supporting Dr. Michelle Finamore’s Fashioning America: Grit to Glamour, Crystal Bridges’ first fashion exhibition which surveys US designers’ contributions to fashion’s global stage while underscoring how historically excluded designers and wearers have led in defining American fashion.

Her recent publications include “Listening to Ana Mendieta,” a peer-reviewed article of new research on the artist in the Archives of American Art Journal’s fall 2021 issue; “Refashioning the World: Whiteness, Racial Plagiarism, and Diversifying the Future” in the exhibition catalog for Fashioning America; and “Telling Truths, Expanding Histories” in Views of Crystal Bridges, the museum’s 2022 collections guide. She has expanded both the Crystal Bridges’ and Art Bridges’ collections with works by Edouard Duval-Carrié, Alfred Conteh, Alfredo Jaar, Arthur Jafa, Patrick Martinez, Ana Mendieta, Shirin Neshat, Kenny Rivero, Shizu Saldamando, and Mierle Laderman Ukeles.

Dr. Rodríguez holds a PhD in art history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her dissertation, “Performing Exile: Cuban-American Women’s Performance Art, 1972–2014,” is the first to examine Ana Mendieta, Carmelita Tropicana, María Magdalena Campos-Pons, and Coco Fusco together, arguing their work embodies US-Cuba diplomatic relations of the late 20th century and reflecting on the effects of exile as seen in Tania Bruguera’s work in relationship to President Barack Obama’s 2014 announcement of normalizing relations between the two nations.

Her research and scholarship have been supported by fellowships from Luce / the American Council of Learned Societies, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the US Department of Education’s Foreign Language and Area Studies Program, and the Graduate College at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. An alumna of the Center for Curatorial Leadership / Mellon Foundation Seminar and the Smithsonian Latino Center’s Museum Studies Program, she has held fellowships, internships, and positions at Figure One Exhibition Lab Space, Frost Art Museum, Krannert Art Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Spurlock Museum.


About Entre/Between

This event is a part of our focus exhibition Entre/Between, a multi-sited exhibition presenting works that speak to Latinx histories living within and between the United States. Surveying a visual history from 1851 to the present, the exhibition consists of paintings, photos, sculpture, works on paper, and video exhibited at Crystal Bridges, while video works and performances will be featured at the Momentary. Learn more.



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Entre/Between is sponsored by Phillips.