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Founded in 2002, the Center for Visual Cultures at the University of Wisconsin-Madison supports curricular innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration from faculty and students in the emerging field of visual cultures. » Learn More
We offer a PhD minor and a graduate certificate for masters and professional students.
Affiliate faculty teach courses on visual cultures every semester at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
“Migrancy & Displacement”
Image: JR, “Migrants, Mayra, Picnic across the border, Tecate, Mexico -U.S.A., 2017.”
This year-long theme brings together a complex set of topics that range from the political and social to the literary and artistic, asking who has access to movement, which objects and ideas travel, and how networks of displacement can simultaneously grant and deny access. Both migrancy and displacement are indelibly inscribed within both material and immaterial borders, contributing to what Edward Said has termed “a discontinuous state of being.” With these terms, the lectures, workshops, and exhibition that we have planned, will focus on a wide variety of approaches to how art, objects, people and ideas travel and connect, and/or impede and obstruct networks.
Please join us for our exciting program of lectures, artist talks, and workshops!
Top photo by Zach Gross, courtesy of Guillermo Gómez-Peña